Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Crystal Ball

This "crystal ball" formed in our fountain during a recent cold spell

My daughter's wish for a "real crystal ball" on her Santa list this past Christmas inspired me to ponder this question...  

Do you ever wish you could gaze into a crystal ball and see the future - the answer to a question, the outcome of a situation, the resolution for a challenge, the reality of a dream come true, smoother sailing ahead after the going gets rough?  Admittedly, sometimes I do, but of course, I realize it's best to concentrate our gaze on the here and now, being present in the moment, feeling confident that the plans we're currently making or actions we're currently taking will lead to the fruition of our desires, believing our aspirations and intentions will be fulfilled, our contributions will leave a positive imprint and rough seas will eventually settle.  

As I reflect on how last year unfolded, its highs and unexpectedly deep lows (with the losses of three of my closest friends and my husband's longtime colleague and dear friend), its twists and turns, brightness and shadows, I also wonder what awaits in this new year and wish for a gentler, simpler journey through 2016.  Having already encountered turbulence in the last couple weeks of 2015 and first couple weeks of this new year (caring for our older cat Franki after a recent health crisis, losing a relative for whom I had great fondness and just finding out the loss of another loved one is imminent), an easier year seems highly questionable.  Who knows what a crystal ball, if there was one, would reveal in the months ahead, but I still hold hope that beyond these current waves of heartbreak, there will be opportunities to sail calmer seas for a while.  

Perhaps our hearts are the closest version of a real crystal ball?  We can truly "see" what is constant in our lives and within our view and our reach at any time, even through the difficult times.  We need only focus within our hearts, and if we look carefully, our "crystal balls" will reveal glimmers of love and friendship, gratitude, beauty, peace and hope.  These glimmers can comfort, support and center us and possibly enable us to surrender more freely to the mysteries of not knowing.  With the clarity of these blessings, we can perhaps have greater faith that we'll be okay as we traverse the unknown.