Did you know that New Years Eve 2009 had the 2nd full moon of the month, the first one being Dec 2nd? This is known as a blue moon. The last time this happened on New Year’s Eve was in 1990, 20 years ago. Hence, the expression, once in a blue moon.
I have been thinking about this for 2010 and thinking about coincidences, and surprise, and “could have’s” or might have been or almost…the things that surprise us with joy or catch us off guard with grief and sorrow. The unfairness of life, sometimes in our favour and sometimes not and always the mystery. The “not knowing” of what is around the corner.
If I think back to January 2000, I would never have imagined being in
The truth is that we never know what will happen to change our life. In 2000 I could not have imagined where I am today so who knows what another year or ten will bring, if I’m lucky enough to be around. But if I look at my experience I am filled with thankfulness for all that has been and especially for the people in my life.
I think what I’m getting at is the importance of not waiting for a blue moon to be fully alive and present to the life we have now, whatever that is. One of my favourite Zen teacher’s, John Tarrant, writes about the pity of wasting a good crisis and there seem to be plenty of those; so working, living, learning, contributing, laughing and loving and even thriving through it all, whatever comes, may be the way of a well-lived life.
May 2010 be a year where we say, “bring it on,” whatever it is and we will dive deeply, knowing that we can find, with a little help from our friends, the courage, buoyancy, grace and always the humour to handle what arrives. May this year be the best that it can be, whatever our circumstances.
With love, trudy