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Hello and welcome to Soul Gatherings!

I’m Theresa – an Optometrist turned Licensed Professional Counselor turned blogger, who loves to read, write, volunteer and travel. Did I mention that I happen to love incidents that showcase the triumph of the human spirit? In my life, I have met so very many people who have inspired me, lifted me up when I was down, pointed me in the right direction while I was without a compass and made a positive difference in my life. They touched my heart in some way, and for that I am grateful beyond words.

In my evolution from an Optometrist who helped people to see with their eyes to a psychotherapist who helps people see through the eyes of their hearts, I have been inspired by meeting ordinary people with extraordinary offerings. I hope that these random reflections about people I’ve met and places I’ve been will touch your heart as well, and remind you that often, we entertain angels unaware. Their spirits shine, and when touched by their light, we cannot help but be changed by the experience; we cannot help but know that we are never alone on this life journey.

These are their stories, my stories, your stories – whether I’ve “co-journeyed” with these folks for a time in person, or was somehow touched by their writings in a book so much so that I want to share their wisdom with others. Along the way, I’ll include my thoughts about getting through life when it’s not going at all like we planned. Plus, some lessons (painfully) learned on how to truly become better at transforming into a human being, and not a human doing. I am indeed a work in progress.

I almost forgot – did I mention that I happen to love quotes? Once again, a source of inspiration, wisdom and peace for me. I hope to pass on to you the ones that have spoken to me; perhaps they will resonate with you as well when you most need it. Life is like that – there’s a reason for everything…nothing is random…we are all interconnected.

My thanks for being a part of this soul gathering.

“Wherever two or more are gathered…”


215 thoughts on “About

  1. I was greeted, this morning, by the gift of your comment on my blog. Now that I’ve come here to return the visit, I see you have many more gifts for me. I look forward to future exchanges. Thanks for all you bring!

  2. Theresa, your blog is very interesting. As you consider the soul, I do too, but in a manner that relates to the body, spirit, and soul. Because I am a pastor, I try to relate to a person’s soul in a way that will let that person know that I am very interested in that third part of his, or her total makeup. As I am now following your blog, please consider following mine. Please feel free to provide critique if the situation should arise. Please have a blessed day.

    John 17:3
    Pastor/Equipping The Saints

  3. Hi…your Blog is very inspirational and I’m glad I took the time to visit it today. Keep on sharing with this world all your beautiful self in all your posts! Have a great week, Delvi.

    • Welcome! Meticulous Mick’s moss-covered walls are in Ireland; the world is so different, yet so much the same. We have more in common than different…

  4. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking some posts!! Wow, I love your blog and your life’s journey!! I feel much the same about the awe and honor of the human spirit and resiliency. I can’t wait to read more!

  5. Hi Theresa — glad I found your site! I’ve resolved to improve my outlook on life by visiting and commenting on a positive blog every day of 2014, and you certainly have a lot of inspiring stories here. 🙂

    • Meg – what a great idea! I’m so glad you dropped by to make Soul Gatherings one of the ones you commented on – mission accomplished! If you come back, my daily “Today’s Quote” is usually inspiring, as are most of the stories in my “Thursday Review” and “Monday Meeting” categories. Enjoy, and good luck on your journey!

  6. Checking in with my important blogging friends since I started a new blog (the old is gone)and hope you’ll follow this one so we don’t lose touch!

    • Thank you so much for thinking of me – I am honored – but I became award-free quite awhile ago due to the time involved and my schedule. Blessings to you…

  7. Thanks for visiting and liking “The Raft” I see that you’re a fan of John O’Donahue. I love his stuff- so beautiful. Well for that you’ve won me over as a fan I will be back.

  8. A unique blog with an inspired mission . A human being and not a human doing is one of my favourite expressions and .. seeing with my heart is something I am really working on. I’d like to join this gathering 🙂

  9. Hi Theresa,

    Thanks so much for the blog follow. It led me to your blog, which I am now following.

    I am especially interested in folks like you who have changed careers. It is very inspiring.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Happy blogging!


  10. Hello Theresa, I’m so glad I found your blog through another. I just finished reading your post on the 9/11 Memorial Museum and was so touched I had to learn a little more about you and your blog. Thank you for your inspiration. ~Steph

  11. Theresa,
    I just caught some of your awesome blog today. Very nice. I have no clue if you are interested, but at the moment I am preparing to launch several counseling certificates and formats including virtual counseling, which is where things are heading. I know that’s not a lot of info, but if anything in that paragraph sparked your interest please email me asap at tjpetri16@gmail.com as I am right now looking at partners.

  12. Sometimes you see a person’s name from another’s comments or re-blog and you make a mental note and continue on…other times you are struck by a chord, a message or a feeling which urges you to look deeper. I’m glad I found that chord today.

    As I scrolled down your daily quotes I found so many that I instantly loved enough to share…my poor Facebook friends are probably overwhelmed at the moment. I have time to look at a daily quote on Facebook but not necessarily on WordPress which I generally reserve for binge reading on the weekend. Do you by chance have a Facebook page in which you share your daily quotes?

    I’ve put you in my reader and if necessary I will get my weekly infusion of love through WordPress but, as mentioned, I’d prefer the daily dose. 😉

    • Thank you for your kind words. I am so very glad that I have touched someone in the blogging world. And no – I do not have a Facebook page for the quotes…only WordPress. Enjoy the daily infusion of grace!

  13. Forgot! I love your photos and quotes and forgot to share two of my favorites with you!
    These are worthy of post-it notes on the bathroom mirror!

    “Life is too short to be anything but Happy!”
    “What have you done today to make your dreams come true?”

    Hope you like those? Have a great Easter weekend!

  14. Theresa, Your blog popped up in a search I made recently and I clicked the link to check it out. Love what you’re doing here!! Thanks for spreading love in the world.

  15. I love quotes too and wish I had stopped by your about page a long time ago. My reading is sporadic as life is in session but glad I stopped here instead of just reading your quotes. Somehow the right one always presents itself at the right time. Thanks for being here.

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