Since my early 30’s, I’ve believed that I could find four-leaf clovers. This realization came to me in a flash while sitting on the lawn by the UNH swimming pool. As I was talking to my (then) husband, I reached behind me (without looking) and said, “I’m going to pick a four-leaf clover for you.” And I did. I was astonished, and I think he thought that I was playing a trick, but I wasn’t. I just did it.
Since that time, I’ve found dozens of them. A few times, I tried to show off and impress someone by telling them that I could find four-leaf clovers anytime I wanted, and at those times, I didn’t find any. The Universe just doesn’t reward smugness. …and when it comes down to it, I’m glad of that. I don’t like it either. I’d rather be surprised and delighted by life, than think I have it all figured out (which of course I, or any of us for that matter, could never do, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking we can).
I am coming to see that It (God, Spirit, The Field, Love) responds well though, to open-hearted play. The attitude of “I have no idea what is going to happen in the next moment, but bring it on. It is going to be fun!”, seems to be a mind-set that gets Divine Energy flowing. I was listening to a CD by Richard Bartlett (the founder of Matrix Energetics) the other day and he said that he tries to live each moment as if he is on a shamanic journey; you never know what is going to show up, but whatever it is, you play with it, you accept it, you say Yes to it.
Here is a way to get into the spirit of Spirit: The next thing that is presented to you, that feels like a closed road, a disappointment, something you fear won’t work out, or just something that is so odd, you are having a hard time processing it, instead of resisting, shutting down, becoming angry, or trying to make it conform to what you think should be happening, try saying, “Now this must be perfect. I am looking forward to seeing where this journey leads me.” Be willing to be re-directed by Life, be willing to be surprised.
“From wonder into wonder, existence opens.” Lao Tzu
Back to the title of today’s post:
FOUR-LEAF CLOVERS. If you would like to have the one I pictured today, just comment with a story (or a brief comment) about something that surprised you (in a good way). You can also just post a word that you like. You cannot do this “contest” wrong. Any answer is just fine!
SURPRISE: comment with the name of a person (or tell a story) that always seems to surprise you…and if you are the winner, I’ll send you an extra so you can give him/her one too (I have a number of them).
BLACK KITTY: my sister lives outside of Washington D.C. and has had a wonderful, friendly, young black kitty coming around. They already have 6 cats (she is my sister after all!) and cannot keep him, but is planning on getting him neutered. If you think this message is for you, then email me…mmuncil (at) verizon.net and I will connect you 2!