Circles appear as symbols of power, movement, change and balance in our lives.
Some see circles as a symbol for the wholeness of self, timelessness, infinity and God itself.
Circles represent the passage of time. A year is a full orbit of Earth around the sun; hours pass in a circular motion around a clock.
The world moves through circles: the wheels on bicycles, cars and trains; the wheels that steer planes and boats.
Life itself is a circle, as Disney’s “The Lion King” tells us through the song, “The Circle of Life.” The source of life on Earth, the Sun, is circular.
Geometrically, all points around a circle are equal distance to the centre, representing balance and equity.
I thought about this last point when I attended my first learning and sharing circle last week for caregivers of individuals with FASD.
It was a free webinar that I learned about from our resource support at Surrey Place.
There were about 10 caregivers and it was moderated by two individuals, one of which is an FASD expert who is also an individual with FASD and a caregiver to kids with FASD.
Caregivers had an opportunity to ask questions and share their stories.
It was eye-opening to hear the stories, which I will not share details of out of respect, other than to say it was common challenges I read about in other forums, such as mental health and run ins with the justice system.
So in a sense, this was a support group.
They meet every two months and I decided to participate in future sessions. It’ll be good to connect with and to learn from others going through a similar journey.
While the stories were hard to hear, and in some ways made me anxious about T’s future, it did feel comforting to be in a circle with people who just get it.
The circle reminded me about the importance about being kind to myself, the hubby and most importantly, to T. We’re on this journey together – all the ups and downs of it.
Just like the loop of a circle, every day is a new day and new chance to do it better.
Speaking of things circling back again, we had our first snowfall of this season last Sunday – a lot of it!
T woke up, looked out the window and came into the room to tell us there’s snow on the ground.
Shortly after breakfast, we put on his snowsuit for the first time this season and he took his sled out to the park.
As he went down the hill, again and again, I thought to myself that I wanted to pause this moment in time and just enjoy it – as the world continued to circle around us.