Thanks Starbear and M for your sweet words and offers of support! The Universe is so full!
In the last few days, I have had to stand up for myself in the face of a very uncomfortable situation at the emergency shelter where I was living. The response of support I received from several different crisis lines and case workers was amazing. No matter what your situation, you do NOT have to accept unacceptable behavior from those in authority positions over you. Hmm, if only I'd learned this lesson years ago, LOL!
A quote from my favorite zen osho, Sokai of Haku-un Ji Zen Center, "Carry on, little soldier."
Love to all and gratitude for the beauty of life.