Friday, September 18, 2009

Universal Connections

This is my youngest. In her everyday apparel. Yup. Wedding dress and cowgirl boots.

Recently, my daughter and I carved out an entire day for just us. We were a little lonely without Superman.
First stop: the playground. We played and swung and slid down the slide. I snapped some pictures. I was acutely aware of how precious this was--the ability to take photos. Normally my three kids are happily heading off in opposite directions, so the camera is out of the question. It was fun to hang out with her, and to document it. I focused on this thought:

How wonderful it is to have the opportunity to photograph my daughter.

Our next stop was the mall, at the request of my daughter. (If it had been my choice, I would have avoided the mall, but clearly, the day was in her hands.)
We parked and walked in, through a department store. Before we had even reached the actual mall, we were hailed by a young man. He jogged out from behind the department store's glass photograph studio. It was his first day training to be a photographer, and he needed to photograph children of all ages. Would I mind if he photographed my daughter? I revisited the thought:

How wonderful it is to have the opportunity to photograph my daughter.

I said, yes, of course.

When I am open to something, and actively putting it out into the universe, then these very bizarre and coincidental connections happen. They happen on a daily basis, and most times, it fills me with wonder. On the days that I am closed off to life, I imagine I miss a lot of magic. It reminds me to stay open and to go with the flow, and give up my own plan for my day and life.

As an aside, the photographer was amazing. And because we had done him a favor, the prints were dirt cheap--some were even free.

Do see this magic in your life? Do you feel connections with others in this great big universe?


  1. Love, love, love this story. And yes, when I'm open, amazing things happen. Either that or I just notice them more then.

  2. I collect these coincidence stories like gems. I'd love to hear some of yours.

  3. There have been so many, but there is one big one that saved my life. I'm thinking of writing it up in a poem - maybe today. I think I set a goal to have a new poem every week.

  4. Wow. I'm intrigued. Can't wait to read it.

  5. Thanks for posting your link. Heading over to check it out.