I recently went to the dentist to have some minor restoration on the edges of my front teeth that had worn down with age. Because I’ve been seeing the same dentist for over ten years and because I truly love my dentist (he is the gentlest dentist I’ve ever had!), I was a bit carefree about the whole process. He had recommended I have this work done and he does an excellent job of my oral care, so I just said yes, and I didn’t even think to look in the mirror after the procedure. I had momentarily dropped my level of self-care. For all those same reasons, I’m a long-standing patient who has always had excellent results, he also didn’t think to offer me a mirror before I left the dental chair.
I was all the way home before I actually remembered to have a have a look.
Living in Australia, it is not at all unusual to find a great number of immigrants in any given situation. Recently I was at a dinner party in which a large portion of those in attendance were originally from some other country. One of the women was talking about how, finally, now in her mid-70s, she had a sense of home here in Australia. Funnily enough she was one of the few Australians in the group!
Going shopping with a friend seems an unlikely scenario for a miracle to happen but the thing about miracles is they are always unexpected. I had asked a friend to go shopping with me on Wednesday. I have never been a ‘good’ shopper because I don’t like shopping. Consequently, I know nothing about which stores to go to for what I need. Then once I’m in a store I can rarely find what I’ve gone there for and I even have trouble finding staff to help me once I’m in the stores. Really! Shopping doesn’t come naturally to me.
Overnight the world has changed for everyone.
Can we find purpose even in this moment?
One of the many things that brings me joy is the interconnectedness of everything; you, me, him, her, and those guys over there. The world is rife with individualism, it appears impossible to heal the concept that myself is separate from yourself. But then something like, oh say the coronavirus as an example, comes along and makes it really clear that we are interconnected, that we are all exactly the same. I am just as susceptible to the virus here in Australia as somebody is in England or China or the USA.
I sometimes think about writing a book. One of the books I’d like to write is a compilation of short stories about all the extraordinary moments that have happened to me during this lifetime. For many people, these extraordinary events might be overlooked or brushed off as coincidences or, at a stretch, they might be considered synchronistic events, meaning the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.
For my birthday, my daughter gave me some Crazy Love Notes – it is a colourful set of cards with Naïve Art drawings to support the messages. I was picking a card each day for fun. I liked all the messages and simple drawings, always giving me something to ponder on. Then one day I drew a card titled “Gossip Dims Your Glow.” The message on the back of the card reads:
Speaking poorly about others tarnishes your energy and your reputation. So avoid bonding over complaints and feeling superior. Instead, raise your vibration by engaging in positive communication. Celebrate what does work and who is awesome. The more you do this, the more radiant you will become.
Gayle Cue loves writing about life, reflecting on every day miracles and pondering on the big picture.
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