THANK YOU for sharing your story!! It was heartwarming.
I must confess that the antique piece had to go this summer when I moved across the country. I have since acquired some pieces that are useful, but the antique is gone.
I particularly noticed this: “My personal/spiritual growth has been stunning regardless of how my life looks like on the outside”. I generally don’t directly speak of my growth, but I appreciated what you said because people’s judgments are immaterial in the face of real spiritual movement, which is the whole reason why we are here. We have nothing to prove to anyone, except our debt of love to all; from there, anybody’s judgment is worthless.