A few weeks ago I wrote about choosing a symbol that would act as a reminder for me to stay open to the world around me. I chose the STAR. I shared my thoughts on synchronicity and talked about how the STAR had appeared to me in the course of my everyday endeavors and had added a bit of meaning to the post holiday blahs.
Because winter has never really arrived or hasn't yet, here in the Intermountain West, I have been able to take more walks than I usually would this time of year. I've become a little obsessed looking for STARS. So much so that I miss crosswalk go lights, oncoming traffic and my own street because I'm looking down at the ground.
Yesterday was my sister's 60th birthday. (HAPPY BIRTHDAY CA) And for reasons that suit her at this time in her life and my relationship with her I planned to honor her with the symbology of the CIRCLE. So in addition to looking for STARS I also had my eyes peeled for CIRCLES. CIRCLES are everywhere, I found, but not usually in the form you can pick up and bring home with you. For instance the nice, colorful CIRCLES discarded gum makes on the sidewalk or pop tops in the gutter. And you won't see me prying up the round metal cover on a water meter and dragging it home.
My treasures from yesterday are in the photo above if you hadn't figured that out yet. Pretty pitiful, you may be thinking, but I was thrilled with my finds. Walking and looking, even if you're looking down is "grounding". Pun absolutely intended! It reminds me of walking on the beach or in the forest....there's always so much to see at ground level. Urban walking is certainly not the same and most of what you find would, by most standards, be considered garbage. Trash or treasure differs only if you choose to imbue something with meaning.
Two pennies...always love finding money. I feel it's auspicious and hey....these days 2 cents is 2 more cents than I previously had. The earring, someone is surely missing and I would be happy to return it to it's owner if by some chance, just short of a miracle, they read this blog.
I recognize the red CIRCLES, in a CIRCLE and there were many littering a cross walk. I've seen them before but I can't recall where. I have a vague idea that it has to do with a child's weapon. Any ideas?
The rest of the CIRCLES are bottle caps...one with an interesting name on it....Chasing Tail (which connotes a running around in a CIRCLE) and lids for bottles or plastic doo-hickies for who knows what. But they are CIRCLES and they were relatively abundant. The best CIRCLE I observed, another I couldn't take home with me, was the sun. It was shining brightly in a clear, crisp blue sky.
By far the finest thing that comes from this little excursion is it gets me out to exercise and yesterday it gave me the opportunity to connect with my sister who I am not able to be with physically on her special day.
With thoughts of my sister and her 60th year I did a bit of online research about the CIRCLE. Below is a site that gives us great information about the symbolism of the CIRCLE.
And to come full CIRCLE...my last find of the day came as I got out of my car to visit my parents and between my feet was the most perfect little STAR inside...Ta-Da...a CIRCLE!