I went to visit my friend Cathy and her husband Bill, a hospice patient, in the final few hours of his life. When I returned home after my visit, I texted Cathy and asked her to promise that she would call immediately when Bill passed into the unknown because I wanted to be sure that she would have a friend when she needed one. Knowing Cathy, I would not hear from her if Bill departed in the wee hours of the morning because she would not want to disturb me, and does not like to impose.
At 5:15 am the following morning, I was awakened by the vibration of the Apple watch on my wrist. The ringer on the phone was muted, as sometimes happens without my knowledge. I jolted awake and thought “Oh my God—I wonder if that was Cathy.” I squinted in the darkness to look at the face of the watch and without benefit of eyeglasses, I could see Cathy’s name on the face of the watch.
I bolted out of bed and dashed into the other room to check my phone for a message. There was no indication of a call—no voicemail, no missed call, no text. Nothing. I texted Cathy and asked if she had tried to call. Her response was, “OMG no, but Bill passed away at 4:20 am.”
How did that happen? Did her people call my people? Are there people? Did Bill announce to his escort that he wasn’t leaving until I got the message and would soon be there for Cathy? Are there escorts? Was this evidence of a soul connection to a loved one, or perhaps a reminder that we are connected with everyone on the planet? Was it some sort of strange coincidence? I don’t think so.
I have never doubted the presence of guardians, angels, helpers, friends in spirit, guides, and teachers, but how affirming to have the experience of a tap on the wrist to let me know that a friend is in need. How comforting to know, sense, feel, and imagine that friends and helpers are near, present in real time, watching, guiding, helping, loving us even in spite of ourselves, even if we deny their existence, even when we do not listen, pay attention, or heed their guidance.
I cannot imagine that there is one person alive today who has not had an otherworldly and amazingly unexplainable experience, perhaps gone unnoticed or written off as coincidence. But sadly, many are asleep to the awareness of what exists beyond that which they see with their eyes, and they miss what the awakened see.
I don’t want to miss anything! I don’t want to sleepwalk through life and cheat myself out of seeing the wonder of all that enfolds and surrounds me. Life is a treasure hunt and I intend to find what lies hidden in plain sight, placed there lovingly by those who encourage me in my quest of self-discovery.
I am grateful for all blessings no matter how great nor small—most especially for friends in high places–those who are always and ever there, by and on my side.
Stay on the light side my friends, and set your sights on the miraculous that hides in plain sight for those with eyes to see.
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)