I must have been about five. I'm standing outside, at the corner of our house - it's summer or early fall - when someone - my dad, a sibling, a cousin - points it out to me, tracing it with their finger. I have trouble seeing it, seeing what he's pointing to. It takes time for my small eyes to connect the dots. But when I do, in that moment, life changes. The world becomes a world of wonder. I don't just feel it anymore, I see it; I see possibilities, patterns, the beginning of interconnectedness, a pivotal moment in my life.
On this recent night, I felt a nudge, calling me to go outside. I listened, walked out into the night air and stood barefoot on the grass; a warm breeze was blowing, the Big Dipper, settling between the trees, offered silence. Having looked at the clock just before stepping outside, I knew it was just after midnight. I felt another nudge, asking me to look over my left shoulder. And there it was.
My wash. I had forgotten about it and left it out on the line.
So, around midnight, I'm out under the stars, taking my clothes off the line, the Big Dipper, over my right shoulder, keeping me company. Life fell into place, my mind fell into silence, my heart fell into gratitude.
As I walked back to the house, my arms full of clothes, I breathed deeply the fresh air that filled them with the innate goodness of simplicity. In the kitchen, I stopped at the sink to get a drink of water, then went back to bed. The breeze coming through my window softly moved the curtains as I fell into a deep peace; the Great Bear, once again, had shown me the way.
|The Big Dipper is in the Great Bear constellation, which resides in Galaxy M101, pictured here. The Universe continually fills me with wonder.|