Sitting on the back porch late last night, enjoying the cool summer air and pondering important life directions, I looked up at the stars. I reflected on how sailors of old relied upon the position of those stars to guide them in plotting their course. As I sat there, I thought about how small I am, even with all my big challenges, in the context of the cosmos –even just the fraction of it that I could see from my porch. I thought about all the overarching concerns and turning points that had consumed my attention in years gone by, that now have faded from memory, and are unimportant–even to me! It reminds me of lines from a Cat Stevens song:
“Oh very young, what will you leave us this time? You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while. And though your dreams may toss and turn you now, they’ll vanish away like your Daddy’s best jeans, denim blue, fading up to the sky. And though you want them to last forever, you know they never will, you know they never will, and the patches make the good bye harder still.”
I will make my decisions and you will make yours and in the end all of us will fade, up to the sky of greater consciousness. All we can do for now is do our best to navigate by the stars of higher love and relax in the knowing that the choice may be less critical than it seems right at this moment.
I LOVE this Jane, thank you for sharing!!! Everything is really so simple and this is a great reminder 🙂 I love your timing on this, too, because in the last couple weeks I have been stargazing a lot and wondering why the stars are the only thing (that I can think of) that have stayed the same over all these years of guidance for sailors, exploration with space shuttles, viewing with telescopes and of course simply observing their radiance with our own eyes. For me, the answer I received was that they are here for me to remember this simplicity and awe of life. Why do you think the stars have remained constant for us while everything else has changed? Just curious about what your answer is 🙂 Great to connect with you and sending you waves of LOVE!!! P.S. Loving your website!!!
Hi Heather! Likewise so great to connect with you through the e-universe! You pose an interesting question. It occurs to me that the stars haven’t entirely stayed the same. There are falling stars and black holes and stars that die out…in fact some of the lights we see are from stars that have already vanished but their light is just now reaching us. It perhaps has more to do with perception…or maybe perspective. If we step back far enough everything appears to be stable and good. The other thing I think about is that we are all made of stars. The elements that form our physical bodies come from the cosmic saucepan! So when we look at the stars, we are looking at ourselves! I wonder what others think? It’s like a poem. Everyone gets to make their own meaning.