The Real Wonder Woman Challenge: Day 17

Fabienne Declerck

My soul sister and a Real Wonder Woman

Fabienne is a painter, an artist, and a therapist, sharing her time between the Ivory Coast and France.

I first met her in Ivory Coast, at a silent retreat organized by the Art of Living Foundation. I had just returned to continue my work at UNOCI – newlywed but still raw and fragile from malaria and burn-out that I rode out in Brussels. So, I decided to take that retreat to forward the recuperation process.

Every encounter with Fabienne, regardless of where we are, is an encounter filled with long walks, long silences, and deep, heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul conversations.

With Fabienne, I experienced a deep and immediate connection. We haven’t spoken to each other that entire week, yet our deep eye contact, soul gazing, walks in nature and just sitting in silence allowed for the unfolding of a beautiful friendship.

For the next two years that my partner and I spent in Ivory Coast, we were inseparable with Fabienne and her partner. We would spend every weekend together, sharing deep, soul searching conversations or just hanging out and having fun.

With Fabienne, I found a soul sister that is from another dimension. Her calm nature and soulful smile captivated me from the get-go. Every encounter with Fabienne, regardless of where we are, is an encounter filled with long walks, long silences, and deep, heart-to-heart and soul-to-soul conversations. The pleasure Fabienne and I find in each other’s presence never subsided. She taught me how to be in silence, how to appreciate silence, how expressive silence is and how much we say when we are being silent.

She inspires me with her beauty, with the beauty that she creates, with her joy, her sense of humour and her laughter.

I love you, my Fabienne!

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