This morning I shocked myself awake by catching an unexpected glimpse of myself in the mirror. Good Lord I look like the wild woman of Borneo. Thanks, pandemic. That picture brought to mind an image of a swinging vine, and the memory of a failed bar with the same name that my inexperienced, entrepreneurial husband swore would make him rich, which then conjured up a picture of wild-woman me swinging on a vine high amidst the trees in the jungle.
In the space between flushing a toilet and walking away, I took myself on a no-cost tour of the jungles of Borneo and enjoyed a sky-high swinging vine excursion in the process. Wow. What a trip—all in less than five seconds, and I never even had to leave home to enjoy it. Isn’t the mind amazing?
I thought I knew where this morning’s writing adventure might be going, but then a funny thing happened. While sitting peacefully in my Lazygirl minding my own business, the silence was shattered by the sound of a large ceramic pitcher crashing down from a bookshelf and smashing to smithereens on the hardwood floor. Books that had been sitting in the same place for many months suddenly fell over of their own accord and that was the end of the pitcher.
This sudden unexpected turn of events leaves me in a bit of a quandary. Where do I go from here? So many options. I could just forget it and return to my original writing thoughts. Or I could shift gears and launch off on a tear about whodunit and why, or chalk it off as a freaky accident, or question the possibility of whether I might have just touched a nerve of a dearly departed ex-husband, or whether or not it’s feasible to even consider such possibilities.
It brings to mind the recollection of other strange happenings—a notebook fell from a top shelf twice, potholders monogrammed with my mother’s initials were mysteriously displaced from a hook while I was not at home, a small picture of the Charles Bridge in Prague purchased when my mother and I visited there fell over twice, pots and pans turned themselves around in a cupboard so that their handles faced backwards; is someone or something trying to tell me something? Could it have been my mother telling me that she wanted me to move? She didn’t like my neighborhood. She didn’t think it was safe. Nine years have passed since I moved, and there have not been any odd occurrences since. Until today.
So what just happened? I have no idea, but it certainly makes me wonder. Am I missing something? Is there some “reality” that I know nothing about? It makes me think about life after life, and about how the life that I live while here on this earth might influence the life that I have after I take my last breath. It makes me want to try harder to do the best that I can while I am still here so that I will be able to live in a safe neighborhood when it’s time to move on. It reinforces my desire to get it right.
Why does anything happen? Who knows? But there is always a reason, if only just to stop us in our tracks for a minute and make us think. The pitcher and the pandemic—the perfect duo specifically tailored to help me learn a thing or two. Now all I have to do is figure out what.
I think I’ll go comb my hair, swing on a vine, and think about it for a while.
Note: The photo above is courtesy of New Waves of Light, a website designed by anonymous individuals around the world who share the intention of bringing light and love to a world of darkness and chaos. (newwavesoflight.org or NWOL.us).