19 responses to “Reuniting with Ourselves: What I Learned From My High School Reunion”

  1. Ellen

    I have had CFS since 1969. I have observed that one of the most important prerequisites for success at any level is physical vigor. So, when this is taken away from you, develop coping strategies to compensate. One of the most important, for CFS sufferers, is patience. Having a bad time? Ride it out, whether its days, weeks or months. Eventually it will break. Then, move on.

  2. Paul Durban

    Wow, Lisa… You certainly have a gift of eloquently expressing yourself. Such an amazing and heartfelt post that admittedly made me tear up a bit (I’m such a softie.)

    Family responsibilities kept me home, and I regret not being able to learn from the journeys of my classmates. Although we have traveled on different paths our goals are quite similar. We long to be loved, to share, to be understood. We strive for a sense of purpose.

    Each of us is vulnerable in our own way. It can be daunting to tear off the mask of accomplishment to reveal the scars left by life’s roller coaster of successes and failures. I’m so happy to see that many of our peers bravely said, “This is who I am.”

    Your post has made an impact on me. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Chris Hyde

    Lisa, I finally got around to reading your wonderful post. Thank you! You have captured the essence of life in these words. Holding the tension of the good and the bad at the same time…accepting what IS and not being ashamed of what ISN’T…embracing yourself and your core truths…finding out that you are just like everyone else…I could go on. I think my choice not to go to the reunion (though I went to many of the gatherings before and after) was because the difficulties of my journey have been recent and are very fresh and I didn’t want to rehash them with people who had no idea all that had been going on with me. So I played safe and only spent time with those who I’ve already been connected with in some way and who know at least part of my journey. But you and others have shared many stories about the reunion that make me realize that we’ve all walked the familiar road of joy and heartache. And those that go to a reunion are those who really want to know about the lives of their classmates. So next time, I will take story of my life and show up and be. Ultimately, that’s all any of us can do…and that being is truly sacred!

  4. Michael Raff

    Although we only briefly chatted at the reunion, it was awesome seeing you. After reading this article, it shows how truly beautiful you are, inside and out. I am certain your words will benefit many with or without the struggles you endure. Keep the strength.

  5. David Grant

    Lisa, it was good to see you again at the reunion. I appreciate your authenticity and sensitive way of expressing it. I always admired you; I find your genuine approach to life’s challenges only increases my respect for you.

  6. Jennifer (Nissen) Galindo


    I loved reading this post and seeing you again at the reunion. I also was taken back in time as I listened to comments of you being the “hottest” woman in the room! How little things have changed 😉

    Thanks for sharing this with all of us, and I hope to see you soon!

  7. Mark Bell

    Really lovely Lisa. The best way to describe the evening for me would be tender. People wore their hearts on their name badges rather than their accomplishments. Makes me want to have reunions every year. Tale care. Thanks and thanks and many thanks.

  8. Bill Harmon

    And Happy Belated Birthday

  9. Bill Harmon

    Absolutely beautiful Lisa. I am so happy that we had a chance to connect, albeit brief.

    Stay authentic and true. I know that I will be reminded of your wonderful reflection.


  10. Thom Singer

    This is beautifully written. And so powerful. You are a great writer !!! May your journey continue to let you touch the world.


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