Symbolic Meaning of Today’s Holiday – February 28th

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The blacksmith, Ilmarinen, is celebrated on this day in Finland.

Today’s Holiday: Symbolic Meanings From Different Cultures

The first holiday on February 28th we'll celebrate is from Finland.  Today is Kalevala Day.  It's a holiday that celebrates the blacksmith Ilmarinen and the Finnish warrior Lemminkainen.  The holiday was established by doctor Elias Lonnrot in 1835.  Dr. Lonnrot wanted to reestablish Finland as the 'land of warriors'.  So he did a lot of research and his results lead him to the conclusion that this was the day of Finland's creation. This is also the day that Ilmarinen and Lemminkainen got together to forge the 'lids of heaven' which insured the earth would not float out into the vast abyss of sky, but be anchored in place so the people of Finland could continue to live on their lovely lands. On this day, the Finns celebrate their heroes and warriors with great feasts and festive parades.

today's holiday Chaldean Today's Holiday Features Chaldean Sabbath. Shown here is the Demiurge, the male oracle of intellect and creation of the ancient Chaldean people.

 Today's Holiday: The Chaldean Day of Rest on February 28th

The ancient Chaldean's existed around 800 BC, and were a sect of Babylonia. Eventually the Babylonians absorbed the Chaldean's and morphed their ways of life.  But in their prime the Chaldean's held to a strong Gnostic belief system.  Gnostic is simply a fancy word for 'having knowledge'.  On this day, the Chaldean's would turn to their Gnostic texts and ponder higher knowledge.  They celebrated the Sabbath (day of rest) every seven days, but this day called for a deeper, more ascetic practice of worship and contemplation.  Yes, it was a day of rest, but it was also a day of silence and intense meditation upon Chaldean oracles.  These oracles included prime male and female deities.  On the February 28th Sabbath, these mother/father oracles were highly focused upon in an effort to acknowledge and silently celebrate the creation of their people.

Today's holiday for the Cherokee people Today's holiday and celebration for the Cherokee Nation

Today's Holiday, February 28th For the Cherokee Tribe

The Cherokee Nation, also known as United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee spans across the south and southeastern regions of North America.

Not all, but most Cherokee had daily ceremonies and devotionals. These observations were intended to reinforce the idea of the dawn of a new day and renewal.

Today, February 28th, the Cherokee paid homage to all that is beautiful.  They made extra effort to rejoice the presence of spirit living in all things.  Each moment was a meditative focus upon listening within, as well as listening to the call of spirit.  Today was a day the Cherokee eliminated sorrow and imbued their souls with joy.  This was a day to turn away from the dark, and face the hope and bliss of the light.  It was also a day to ignore all kinds of judgement (whether from others or from oneself) and embrace the unique beauty within every soul.

I hope you enjoyed this post on the symbolic meaning of today's holiday - February 28th. I'm starting to post these daily celebrations because learning how other cultures around the world acknowledged every day offers great insight into living a symbolic life.

As always, thanks for reading!

May every day be a meaningful holiday for you.

Brightly,

Avia

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Elephant Trunk Up – Is That Good Luck?

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What’s Up With Elephant Trunk Up?

Elephant Trunk Up – Is That A Thumbs Up for Good Luck?

A few weeks ago, I helped my dad move into his new home. First task: Tackle the kitchen. It became quickly apparent that dad had a lot of extra, unneeded stuff.  I mean three can openers and four corkscrews? C'mon dad!

So dad, mom, my niece and I started helping dad cull out the superfluous, and keep the essentials. The result of all this gleaning was my mom and niece inheriting a lot of stuff.  I got the super cool hand can opener I coveted! Lol.

Now understand. My needs are simple. I live in a tiny home - 300 sq ft. Talk about having to cull out the flotsam and jetsam!! I did a lot of eliminating to get the bare necessities in my small space!

But I digress. The reason I bringing this up has to do with elephant, trunk up. To explain, while sorting through dad's stuff, pops found two elephants. He asked me if I wanted them.  Well....like I said, I've got precious little room for anything - much less knick-knacks.   Moreover, elephants don't quite fit in with my decor.  Let's face it, an elephant trunk up doesn't quite mix with skulls and freaky looking gargoyles.  Lol!

Nevertheless, as dad was holding those two elephants, I recalled those pachyderms  on display in my childhood home.  Having been in the family for so long, it was hard to say 'no' to dad.

So I accepted dad's elephant offering, wondering where the heck I'm going to put them.  They're quite lovely, actually.  Here's a pic of these two elephants:



It's  the only free space in my tiny home I could find.  I kept that space clear, because as you can see in the background, my a/c and heat unit is there.  Let's just say these elephants have some pretty frosty bums when the a/c kicks on. :o

So, with elephants in place, I started to wonder about which direction they should face.  It matters, you know.  I remember as a kid, mom told me they should face east.  So that's how I situated them.

But then I got curious. Why face east?  And is that really the elephant good luck law? Or is it just an old wives tale with nothing to back it up (no offence mom).  So I started doing some research.

Elephant trunk up = good luck, apparently.  Elephant with trunk down = not necessarily bad luck, just a different vibe, an introspective energy.

But what about the direction? The preponderance of data I collected were adamant that elephants sporting uplifted trunks should face the front door.  This, according sources such as Feng Shui expert, Lillian Too, and superstition connoisseur, David Pickering...front-door-facing is the rule concerning an elephant trunk up scenario.

Why?  Apparently it has to do with welcoming good chi, or positive energy into the home.  Door facing elephant ornaments are like a big "Howdy! C'mon in!" when it comes to invoking good luck, wealth, a happy family and healthy relationships.

Elephant Trunk Up, Facing East - Is That A Thumbs Up for Good Luck?

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Interestingly, elephants with their trunks up facing east is also a good idea. According to Feng Shui, east is an arousing energy. East positions tend to entice good luck, and facilitates the flood gates of prosperity.  Same with elephants facing the door - it opens the door to positive mojo.

You know...I'm not the most superstitious person...but if I have an invitation (real or imagined) to allow good juju in my life - you can bet I'm going to take advantage of it.

So I compromised. My two elephants - trunk up - are facing northeast. -North because that's where my front door is, and east because that's a positive position too.  Here are some other things I learned during my elephant placement research:


Elephant Trunk Up And The Real Symbolic Scuttlebutt:

No bums facing the door! Supposedly, this blocks good luck and is extraordinarily harmful to positive chi (energy).


Elephants with trunks up are symbolic of fierce protection to the owner of the pachyderm.


Elephants with trunks down have a bad rap for rotten luck. But this isn't true according my resources.  A downward trunk has an internalizing energy. It's about introspection, and internal growth. Quite literally, internal growth as in producing a baby. Feng Shui recommends a pair of trunk down elephant in the west quadrant of the bedroom if you want to conceive a child with your partner.


White elephants are supposedly the Grand Poobah of good luck.  Their beauty and rarity is considered the ultimate conjurer of good fortune.


Two elephant trunk up meaning: Well, my instinct on the meaning of this one is age old adage, "If one is good, more is better". Lol.  Seriously, double (two) elephants are good omens for partnerships - particularly  for married couples and/or partners living in the same home.


Three elephants together meaning: Three elephants have a 'triple luck' effect.  The number three is hugely lucky.  You ever heard of the idea that if you do something good karma or the universe will deliver good to you three times over according to your deed.  Three elephants kinda emphasize that idea.  They encourage, and intensify what the elephant stands for: Protection, prosperity, luck, and successful relationships (especially with family).


Well, trust me, I haven't covered all the nuances and meanings of the elephant trunk up phenomenon.  But I covered the highlights.  I hope you found this article helpful, or at least entertaining. ;)

As always, thanks so much for reading.

Bright pachyderm prosperity to you,

Avia

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Dogs and Defining Moments – Update

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The Whole Clan. From Left to Right: Kip, Chadwick, Avia and Gus

Meaningful Dog Moments

Back in September of last year, I wrote a post about my symbolic journey with my dogs.  If you're interested, you can read it here: Doggone Awesome Defining Moments.

That post reveals my utter newbie-ness about having dogs. Before the boys (all rescue dogs) started showing up, I hadn't had a dog in over 20 years.

And now I have three.  Soon to be FOUR!  Ack!  Fortunately, I live on a nice big piece of land.  Somewhat UNfortunately, I live in a tiny home, about 300 sq. ft. Lemme tell ya...it gets tight with one human and three dogs.

Avia with Hank, newest member of the pack.

Am I crazy for getting a fourth dog?  Absolutely!  Classic madness on my part.  But maybe not.  My dogs: Kip, Gus, Chadwick and soon-to-be Hank (shown above) have given me more sanity than I've ever had.

I'll admit, I get berserk sometimes. My dogs, even though mighty feisty, calm me completely.

I'll also admit, I can be a total sloth - slow and unmotivated. My boys force me to move. Even in my most sluggish moments, my dogs push me to go outside with them, feed them, love them...eventually all that action replenishes my energy, and I'm often able to get some work done due to their prompting.

In my first post, I confess that each dog I rescued was a remarkable defining moment.  At that time I took in another stray, whom I named Penny.  Since then, I found Penny's true owner. She lives right behind me, and Penny, being ancient (18 years old) and nearly deaf simply couldn't find her way back.

I saw a poster with Penny's picture on it at the local market.  Now, this is three months and 100's of dollars in vet bills later. In short, I was really attached to Penny at that point.  But, with my heart breaking, I made the phone call to her real owner.  The reunion was a sweet one, but I bawled like a baby for weeks over not having her in my home.  She pawed her way into my heart, and I was crushed by her absence.

Chadwick, the most recent addition to our pack.

My best friend, Dave calls me every day. Maybe he got sick of me bemoaning my loss of Penny.  Maybe he saw a need to fill my void.  Whatever his thought process, Dave told me to quit my bellyaching and rescue another dog! He was much nicer in his delivery than that, but I got the point. So that's exactly what I did.  Meet the newest member of the family, Chadwick (shown above).

This little guy is like a cranky old man, but he's a darling. And yes, he does have little dog syndrome.  Oy!

When I first got him, there was a big adjustment period for us both, but now Chaddywhack never leaves my side.  It's almost as if he needs to be close to me all the time.  The big boys, Gus and Kip love their mamma, but they're not as needy as the little boy.

The big boys: Gus and Kip

Speaking of Gus and Kip, they continue to amaze me every day.  They are so sweet, I've gone diabetic. And their personalities get more developed and bold every day.

It is a privilege to watch them, know them and grow with them.  A truly special bond that equals no other kind of relationship.  Here are the big boys, Gus and Kip shown above.

Now a fourth beastie is soon to come into the fold.  Hank.  My niece took in a stray dog who happened to be pregnant.  I swear pregnant strays have 'sucker-radar'.  They sniff out soft hearts that will take them in so they can pop out their babies in a safe place. I had a cat named Suki who roped me into her pregnancy plan. I almost had a stroke when the vet told me she was pregnant.  But that's a totally different story to visit another day.

Hank (shown below) is still in the process of weaning off his mamma.  I expect he'll have his homecoming the end of March.  Goddess help me get through the potty training and teething.  :o

But how could I say 'no' to this ridiculously cute little guy?  You tell me....

Hank comes home end of March

So what's my point to all this blathering and boasting about my dogs?  Well, foremost, I'm pretty sure I'm just babbling and bragging about my dogs. Lol.  But the secondary point is how incredibly therapeutic our animals can be.  Further, there's something remarkably special about a dog and the bond with his/her owner.

I've had cats, snakes, fish, and an iguana.  I've had a pet rat, gerbil, rabbit and even a pet horny toad. I've hung out with horses, and befriended ferrets.  Side note here: If you haven't guessed, my first 'real' job was working at a pet store.  Believe it or not, lots of creatures were dropped at the front door of the store.  Yep. You pegged it.  I took in every critter that needed a home.  Thus my Dr. Doolittle diversity in pet ownership.

At any rate, my point is this:  There is nothing like the connection between canine and human.  For sure, a bond was formed between me and all the various creatures I cared for.  But it was my dogs who taught me stuff.  Huh?  Yeah.  Dogs teach, and they give, and they need you on a whole different level than a rat or a cat.  Sure, other pets need you for food, and a modicum of attention.  But a dog needs you with all his/her heart and soul.  So what have dogs taught me over the years?  Here are a few big dog lessons I've learned...

Top Five Dog Lessons I've Learned:

dog meaning, dog lessons  1) Dog forgiveness is infinite.  At times, I can be most cantankerous. Sometimes I get crabby with my dogs. But you know what? They always forgive me.  So much so, that they have taught me the extreme importance of forgiveness.


dog meaning, dog lessons 2) Dog joy is on steroids.  Seriously, I've never witnessed such bliss.  When dogs get happy (which is more often than not) it's like watching a kid at a carnival with cotton candy in one hand, and cuddly stuffed animal her dad won at a game of chance in the other hand. It's unreal how dogs beam with joy.  They even smile!  This has taught me there is more benefit to bliss than being blue all the time.


dog meaning, dog lessons 3) Dog gratitude is intense. My dogs seems so grateful for the tiniest things. From a scratch behind the ears, to a wee treat, dogs are just so incredibly thankful.  This, of course, is a big lesson for anybody - especially me.  My dogs have taught me to have an attitude of gratitude for everything and in every moment.  Even something so commonplace as running water - I get grateful.  This is especially true when times are tough.  That's when giving thanks really matters. In short, I'm grateful my dogs showed me the importance of being thankful - even for the smallest things.


dog meaning, dog lessons 4) Dogs take protection personally.  My dogs take protecting me and my property very seriously.  Sometimes it's hard for me to perceive these sweet babies transform into fierce, feral beasts when they sense a threat.  And they make that shift from pacifist to "I'm gonna chew your face off" mode within a blink of an eye!  It's quite staggering to observe sometimes.  At any rate, my dogs have taught me there is a time for being passive and a time for aggression.  Further, this behavior has reinforced a belief I've always held: Protect that which is sacred, and do it to the tooth. Meaning, I go ballistic when it comes to protecting my dogs and my peeps.


dog meaning, dog lessons  5) Dogs are love machines.  Canine love is primal.  It's a special brand of love.  I've never seen anything like it.  Human love can often be complex, or come with strings attached.  Not dogs.  Their love is unconditional and pure adoration.  From sloppy kisses to full body hugs - wagging tails to barks of bliss...dogs got love like Serena Williams got game. Hands down, dogs know how to love far better than most humans.  In fact, my dogs have taught me a lot about how to love with abandon...no conditions, no expectations, just pure love.  That's perhaps the biggest lesson I've learned from my boys.


In closing, I just want to thank you all for indulging me in this post on dog and defining moments.  To be sure, dog meaning, dog messages and dog lessons are extremely simple - but hugely profound.

I hope you enjoyed this dog article.  I know I got carried away with blathering about my boys.  But I hope the lessons I've learned are also available to you, because they are priceless on any path in life.

If you liked this blog post on dog meanings and defining moments, check out the dog links below.  They may offer deeper inspiration (I promise, I don't blab and brag on my other articles like I did in this one. lol).

As always, thanks for reading.

May all your dog days be dazzling,

Brightly,

Avia


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Stress and Symbolic Meaning

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Dealing With Stress From A Symbolic Standpoint

What do you do when you’re stressed?  For that matter, what does it MEAN when we are stressed??

I think these are vital questions.  Why?  Because the first thing we reach for when we are stressed is symbolic.

Consider what you crave, need, or lean on when you are out-of-your-mind with frustration….

Is it food?  That might be symbolic of a need to digest your frustration.  The belly is a fire-pit of soul…centeredness and churning.  Food is a source of nourishment.  Together, the stomach and food are symbolic of a need to process emotional stress that we have consumed.

Maybe it’s alcohol.  If you’re fried to the max, and your instant response is grabbing a beer…that’s symbolic too.  It’s a sign of the psyche needing to be recharged.  Booze is an escape.  It elevates (or sedates) our mind.  If you tend towards alcohol to retreat from stress, I’m willing to bet it’s a symbolic signal towards mind-focused stress.

What about smoking?  The lungs are about inspiration.  They are kin to the air.  Cells in our bodies convert oxygen into carbon dioxide. It is the lungs that remove that Co2 waste product from our bodies. They’re function is essential to our existence on this lovely planet, as Co2 is necessary for plant life.  So, if you reach for a smoke the minute you’re on edge…that’s symbolic.  It’s symbolic that you’re choking within your own anxiety.  It’s also symbolic of a lack of inspiration.  The whole thing about AIR revolves around elevation, lightness…and well…airiness!

So what do we do?

That’s up to you.  Some of our knee-jerk responses to stress are habits formed over long spans of time.  That’s something to be mindful of.  If it’s a stress-relieving habit, it might take effort to consider other options.

I’m not writing this post to offer therapy for stress.  I just wanted to point out that our go-to solutions are symbolic, and should be contemplated.

That said, I do have a few suggestions (of course, lol).  Here they are…

Get In My Belly!:  If you grab food when stressed, consider meditating instead.  Think on the functions the stomach has.  Imagine it churning and functioning without any additives.  You can also imagine a fire-pit within your belly.  Let it rage with an awesome blaze….and allow that blaze to burn all your stress away!

Booze Me Up Baby!:  If alcohol is your stress reliever, consider water instead.  Our bodies are made of over 87% water.  It is cleansing.  Purifying.  Renewing.  Down 16 ounces or more water in that moment when you’re at your wits end.  It will refresh a lot better than a brew.  Also – water purifies the mind.  All water consumed flushes through our neuro fluids and kinda swooshes out the mental madness we have to deal with.

Light Em If You Got Em!: If smoking is your stress-stomper, consider going for a walk instead.  I know it sounds lame compared to a smoke-stick…but it helps.  Exercise of any kind fills the lungs.  It gets us inspired and energized.  It reminds us of our breath, our inhalations, and our life!

A few disclosing remarks about this article:  PLEASE READ!

Firstly, you know I’m not dispensing medical advice, right?  Yeah, I’m trained in medicine, but I’m no doctor, and I would never advise you to adjust your health on my word.  Okay?  Okay.

Secondly, If you beg for a burger, beckon a beer, or bum a smoke…that’s your right…and I’m not judging.  Trust me.  I have an epic addictive personality.  No joke.  You be you!

Lastly, there are some awesome go-to habits we can culminate that are great healing tools.  Maybe some of you practice these habits already…but if you don’t…here are some tips:

I Will Hug You, Squeeze You, And I Will Call You George!:  You remember that Warner Brothers cartoon with the abominable snowman?  Poor soul just wanted love.  I think a lot of times our stress is due to lack of love an attention.  So if you can relate, grab a friend.  Grab a dog.  Grab a cat.  Grab a loved one.  Snuggle on that cuddly baby for as long as it takes to relax!

It’s all Zen!:  The idea of Zen is all about everything and nothing suspended in a liminal space.  If that makes no sense, then just consider being in the present moment.  If you ponder it….we can do nothing about the past.  The future has its own motives (meaning…we can plan, but the Universe might have Her own plans that may clash with ours).

The only truly profound potential we have is in the present moment.  When stressed out, try to unplug future and past tense, and plug into the present moment.  Reach into the infinite possibilities available in this very second.  It’s a refreshing re-start button that trumps any panic button.

May all your moments be as peaceful as possible.

Love,

Avia

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The Symbolic Mile

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Symbolic Meaning of Travel

This post is dedicated to my bro, who at this very moment is enduring a 1400+ mile drive to visit me.  Bless his heart.  To make matters more challenging, he’s traveling with his precious kids – two furry, female beauties – a German Shepherd and a Beagle.

I’ve talked to him a couple times while he’s dealing with the drive.  There’s no bones about it…that kind of epic journey isn’t fun – and it can be arduous with dogs.  Let’s just say he’s not a happy camper. :o

I know what he’s going through.  I can’t count how many times I’ve made the same exact trip (from Texas to New York and vice versa).  It’s a colossal soul-sucker.

The drive reminds me of the freaking Odyssey.  But like that lovely Greek tale, the road kicks up some really wild, wonderful and magical dust.

Here’s where the symbolic meanings kick in….

No matter where you travel….no matter how far….how wide…how long…travel is one of the most superior symbolic lessons.  Why?  Because everything changes.  Whether by car, plane, train or boat – the scenery is always changing.  Have you ever contemplated the symbolism in that?  It’s heavy, man.  Real heavy.

With every passing mile, there is a golden opportunity to seize a symbolic lesson.  No joke.

These don’t have to be mammoth take-away moments.  I mean…my mind was blown away when I ate my first Scotch egg while in England.  Whoa!  But I tell ya – that was an eye-opener in culinary delights for me.  Who would have thought!?

Or what about driving…bleary-eyed and bedraggled into a town called Bucksnort.  What!?!?!  Yeah.  Bucksnort, Tennessee.  A gas station there has the friendliest folks and the best fried pies that I ever consumed.

But I digress.  Travel is a gateway drug for higher-mindednessTravel jackhammers holes in our hearts and minds that forces us to open up, be aware, embrace and roll with the flow.

The biggest symbolic lesson about travel (in my opinion) is this:  Surrender.

Let’s face it – no matter your mode of travel, poop will happen.  Stuff will hit the fan.  Sometimes it’s good poop.  Sometimes it’s fun and whimsical stuff (like the time I met a group of nuns in New Mexico – craziest ladies EVER!).

The point is: It takes guts to take a step out of our comfort zones.  Home is definitely where the heart is, and that’s a symbolic course that stands on its own.  But travel is crammed with big symbolic juju.

To those of you who chose to brave the great outer circle of comfort, I salute you!  And while you’re out there rambling about, consider what you run intoYou’ve got to know that no encounter or episode is random.  So when you’re driving alongside that motorcycle gang (the leader of which has a literal hog in his sidecar…not kidding…I saw it with my own eyes) consider what that means in the grand scheme of your life.

How do these sometimes bizarre or banal events reflect upon who you are and where you are right now in your life?

At least that’s what travel does for me.  It changes my mind, my heart and soul.  It re-awakens my heightened sense of symbolic meaning.  Travel is like a big puzzle.  The pieces all fit in somehow – it’s just up to us to figure out the big picture.

As always, thanks for reading!

Happy travels (and I’ll always leave the light on for you!).

Love,

Avia

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The Company We Keep – Very Symbolic!

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Have you ever taken a gander at the company you keep?  Your friends, family, co-workers?  Take a look around you.  What you see might offer a very big lesson in symbolic meaning about who you are.

Why?

Well…I’m under the impression that we humans are magnets.  We attract what is mostly gravitating in our energy.  In other words – what’s heavy in our essence, becomes heavy in our lives.

That doesn’t mean the stuff we attract is heavy or burdensome, it just means we have this magic about us that calls to what we need in our lives.  If you think about it, it’s a beautiful thing.

I’ll give you an example.

I’m going through a slog of difficulty right now. I meditate on higher-minded concepts.  I try to deflect the challenges with positivity and a peaceful mindset, but sometimes things just fall into a big pile of poop.

Nevertheless….there are people who have wandered into my life that remind me of the  brilliance of diversity, and the potential this Universe holds for us.

So the example is this:  In the last week, I’ve made friends with the oddest bedfellows.  The first is a 70 year old man.  He is spry as a kite.  Served in the military, tattooed, still holds a brush cut like nobody’s business.  Every inch a gentleman.  Insists on holding the door for me.  I may be 30 years his junior, but I know class when I see it…and this guy is all class (and a lot of sass too, lol).  His name is Vick.  We’ve had lunch a few times.  Every time I’m enchanted by his presence…his stories…his energy.  That’s big juju right there, folks.  It’s imperative to stop and listen to those who have hung around a little bit longer than ourselves.

Vice versa…I made friends with my neighbor’s grandkids just yesterday.  Now…I don’t know much about kids, but I know they are REALLY young.  In fact they’re kind of wobbly, and I can’t understand a word of gobbly-goo that they’re speaking.  Nevertheless, we made a connection.  A lovely one too.  They shoved little books through the fence separating us, and demanded I read to them (I understood that much), and I complied.  We had a wonderful time….me, my dogs, and three lovely children just kicking back, reading “The Lost Duck” and singing songs together.

All this makes me contemplate the importance of random encounters in our lives.  I don’t know what these exposures mean to you – but for me – it’s extremely symbolic.

I think the people who come into our lives are a symbolic sign of what we need in our lives.  Vick helped me remember I needed some reverence and perspective.  Those little kids helped me remember to kick it, and have a little silliness in my life.

So who is visiting you these days???  And why???  I think these are big symbolic questions to consider when we encounter random strangers in our lives.  What do you think?

As always,  thanks for indulging me by reading.

Big love,

Avia