Do you ever have on
of those moments at the mall where something just speaks
to you and says, "buy me?" Yesterday I did, at
one of those middle of the mall kiosks selling Chinese objects.
I bought a "lucky bamboo" planter, with a couple
of cool dragons on the side (I love dragons). I thought
it would go great on my desk at work, and would cheer me
up since I had to go to work early on a Saturday. So the
whole thought of having a "lucky" object, and
how fate affects our lives was rattling around in my head.
But, when I left for
work, I forgot the plant, and didn't realize it until I
was already on the freeway. I wondered for a moment if I
should turn around to get it, fearing I might forfeit my
good luck for the day if I didn't. I'm usually not so superstitious,
but as I said, I did have thoughts of fate rattling about.
Anyway, I decided to press ahead to work, and as I pulled
into the parking lot, a rabbit ran out in front of the car
for a few seconds, and turned and looked back at me. It
was now an "animal omen" moment.
I've had one or two
of those in the past as well. The most recent was a couple
years back on a solo motorcycle trip through the mountains
of Montana. I'd made the long trip to ride a wonderful road
I'd read about in a magazine. It was a beautiful morning,
and as I proceeded just a few miles down this wonderful
road, a golden eagle flew overhead along with me as I traveled.
It was one of those Zen-like moments where time seemed to
slow down. I felt riding under this magnificent bird was
a sign to me that I was on the right path. It was an exhilarating
feeling that stayed with me the whole trip, and lingers
with me today.
Back to the rabbit.
It was the same feeling. So now I'm wondering, what does
the rabbit symbolize? My wife and I initially thought, fertility.
I'd spent a few minutes yesterday rubbing a pregnant friend's
belly. Maybe some of that vibe was still with me. I consulted
a dream dictionary which said rabbits meant good luck.
So I'm writing this
message with the date of 1 Feb 03 as a little time capsule.
Will I have good fortune? I did buy some lottery tickets
today, just in case. Will we get pregnant? I think we're
a little too old, but kids are always welcome. Or is it
just the foolish imagination of a middle-aged man? Time
Do you believe in fate?
Did the seven astronauts who burned up in the atmosphere
today have any inkling they weren't going to make it home?
A little over 12 years ago, I was flying in the back of
a plane on a military mission near the borders of Iraq on
the first night of the Gulf War. I remember contemplating
death at the time. Could this be it? Would I have any premonitions
if I wasn't to survive? As I contemplated, the answer came
to me that it wasn't my time yet. I felt confident that
when my time to die came, I would have some foreknowledge
of the event, and be ready for it.
I believe this is possible.
God has a plan for us. There are certain things we are meant
to accomplish. As we tune into God, or the Spirit, we can
gain insight into the plan for us and see signposts or omens
along the way that confirm we're on the right road. Take
the time to look deeply at your life and the events around
you. Choose your path. Feel confident to boldly follow your
heart. That's the only way to discover true growth and allow
you attain your full potential.
May God bless you on