Peter H. Reynolds
Don't you love it when those little things happen that catch you off guard? The last week has been full of those little things. Many people call those happenings coincidences but I prefer to call them synchronicity or serendipity. It very well may be that these coincidental events are just that...coincidences, but I like to think there is something more meaningful taking place. Perhaps our grand connection to the Universe.
For the New Year I decided to choose a symbol for myself that would be a reminder to stay in the moment, to let my intuition work for me, to remain open to the people and the world around me. I chose a STAR. Later that evening I went to turn the lights off on the Christmas tree. Because I knew the next day I would be dismantling it, I sat for a moment and enjoyed it one last time. One ornament caught my attention, one of my very favorites, it was turning very slowly. Nothing else on the tree was moving, all was still save for the one ornament that commemorates my son's birth. It's a silk angel in flight with arms outstretched toward a bright yellow STAR! Woo-oooo...
Not two minutes later as I knelt to pull the plug on the lights around the fireplace mantle something hit the floor. It was an odd little thing that was initially a Christmas ornament but I keep it out all year, hung on the stand that holds the fireplace tools. In all the many times this year and past years that I have unplugged those lights I had never knocked it off. But I did this time and the wire adorned with three gold wooden STARS was lying on the hearth! Woo-oooo...
Then yesterday I raced from work at school to an estate sale and back home to cut hair. I had a bit of luck at the sale and came home with a few interesting items. One piece is quite unusual. It's a collection of 13 Russian pins, all pinned neatly to a triangular piece of cloth with cording at the top for the purpose of hanging. These are the type of pins one might collect at sporting events or when traveling. Even with the help of an online translator I couldn't make head nor tails of what was written on the pins. When my first appointment arrived, a friend and client I have known for at least 25 years, I was in the midst of my research.
After we exchanged pleasantries I mentioned my frustration with the research into the origins and value of my recent purchase. He said, "It looks like you've got the right person for the job." I thought he was joking but no, get this...he started taking Russian classes after school in the 50's when the USA was beginning it's troublesome times with The Soviet Union. He continued his study of Russian through high school and college. Here was a man I've known for decades and I was not aware of his skill in Russian. And of all the people I know, he may be the only one that has that talent and he happened to show up at my door when I was at a loss as to how I was going to learn about the Russian pins. He translated and I made notes. Very strange and wonderful! Another Woo-ooo moment!
And just to bring this full circle, as you can see in the photo below 6 of the 13 pins have stars on them!
Life is full of these synchronicities, these serendipitous events, but we must have our hearts and minds open to receive these little messages. So often we are so overwhelmed or oblivious to what's going on around us that we fail to notice these precious moments. It's good to give ourselves these moments.
"Whether we name divine presence synchronicity, serendipity or grace moments, matters little. What matters is the reality that our hearts have been understood. Nothing is as real as a healthy dose of magic which restores our spirits."