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Tara Igoe Tara Igoe communications expert. comedian. cool chick.

Tara Igoe is a communications expert, comedian, and speaker who loves to share her insights and experience to help others. [www.taraigoe.blogspot.com]

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I’ve always felt my life to be guided by a benevolent energy that protects me and wants me to succeed. I call it Grace. Grace comes to me in the form of signs – people, songs, “coincidental” happenings – that remind me to have faith, even in the darkest of times.

I went looking for signs of Grace after my father died. I was devastated by the loss and hoped with all my heart that from wherever my father was, he could still see me, that we were still somehow connected. I yearned for a clear sign that would prove this to be true.

To channel my grief into something good, I started working as a volunteer to lend moral support to hospital patients and was assigned a patient at a nursing home near where I live in Los Angeles. The patient was asleep when I arrived, so I waited in the lobby. I spotted two elderly residents of the home sitting and talking. One of them stood out – full make-up,  brightly colored blouse and skirt, and lots of jewelry. She emitted the most cheerful energy, which immediately drew me in. I went over to say hello.

“Hi, honey. How ah ya? I’m Gertrude,” she said in a thick Massachusetts accent. I told her I’m originally from Massachusetts and named my hometown. She said, “Honey, my cousin’s the doctor in that town.” Her cousin grew up with my father, was our family’s doctor, and delivered me and my siblings. Now, 3,000 miles from home, here was his cousin, Gertrude Grace Leventhal. Yes, her name is Grace. This was quite literally the sign I’d asked for, courtesy of my father and the Universe.

Gert and I have become great friends. She’s my teacher in so many ways. When she charms people with her bright outfits and brighter personality, it encourages me to shine. When she asks for what she needs boldly and without apology, it strengthens my voice. And when, in the midst of cancer treatment, she asks me to paint her nails pink, I’m reminded that we always have a choice in how we face the day.

Before my father’s death, I was an expert at running from my feelings out of fear. But my love for my dad was stronger than my fear, so I made a different choice about what to do with my grief. I transformed my pain, giving it to the world as love and service. As a result, I found Grace.

Fear blocks Grace. Love lets Grace flow. I get it now.

Thanks dad.  Love, Tara

 

– Tara Igoe

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