Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Twin

I have Google set up to let me know when my name appears on the internet. In the last week, I’ve been getting daily reports about my namesake who has been on trial this week for murder in Canada. Apparently, she killed her husband who she says has been very abusive to her.

I don’t really know what to think about this. I feel for her. I worry for myself (is she a criminal? Will I ever get mixed up with her somehow? Is she the one who has been hogging the darleneyoung.com domain?). I think about how different our lives have been.

There’s no doubt about it that I am a golden child. Happy childhood, relatively wealthy and highly satisfying adult life. Does it do any good if I feel guilty about this? No, no, says the Spirit. Not guilt—just gratitude. And, from that gratitude, good will for others.

So here come my prayers in your behalf, Darlene Young. I hope that you can find some hope and some comfort in all of this.

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