Hope you are enjoying a beautiful Monday, Celebrationists!
- I am grateful for the chance to have witnessed many dear friends perform for a great cause, this evening
2. I am grateful for this morning’s visit to the Dali museum, with people I think the world of.
3. I am grateful for the wonderful experience of working with these kiddos, on Sunday:
I never thought I would write a post that had anything to do with math.
I would actually classify math as one of my top ten least favorite things to ever think about – even though I’m perfectly aware that math is everywhere, and that I’m unconsciously dealing with it all the time, in everything.
Maybe it’s math problems that I take issue with…I mean, they are problems. I certainly have problems with them. And as a little girl, the only kind of sequence I wanted to hear anything about was the kind judiciously sprinkled on some of my dresses (clearly this was also before I recognized that this kind of sparkle is actually sequins), but I digress.
While at the Dali museum this morning, I was reacquainted with The Fibonacci sequence, which Dali used in his work. At first, hearing that phrase brought back many fraught memories of making boxes with my little blue ruler in grade school math class, and feeling like my spirals were never perfect enough. Thankfully, the memories made today outshine those old ones…
This sequence has been used in music, architecture, and occurs in many areas of nature, such as: the petals of many flowers, pineapples, pinecones, seed heads, other fruits and vegetables, tree branches, hurricanes, galaxies, and even the human body. It is fascinating of course because we find bits of that sequence all over the place without our realizing it, and we are unconsciously attracted to the order and harmony of the pattern.
Thinking about these naturally repeating arrangements – that are present in so many places whether we are aware of them or not, stirred up the following lateral thought in me:
All the things we wish we were, all the things we want so badly to accomplish…what if those qualities and accomplishments already exist, too? And here’s the thing. I think they do. Let me explain.
Let’s say that you and I are in a room together… a toy store, actually – very colorful. And you give me ten seconds to memorize everything in the room that is yellow. Then I close my eyes, prepared to rattle off my list of toys and fun gadgets with yellow parts. But when I close my eyes, instead you say, “Ok, tell me everything in the room that is pink.” Pink? I can’t remember anything in the room that was pink (though in a toy store I could surmise that there are probably barbies present). If I’m feeling particularly defensive I might say that there is nothing pink in the room, and push harder to share my list of yellow items, which I worked really hard to log away.
None of this changes the fact that there is plenty of pink in the room, I just wasn’t looking for it. I didn’t notice it.
So very often I think….the opportunities we have been looking for may be closer than we think. The people we may need to meet could be right under our noses if we would open our eyes and hearts and lead with love. The things we want to become are already inside us waiting to be unlocked. Even if we’ve made choices or behaved in ways that seem contrary to who we want to become…that doesn’t mean that patience, compassion – whatever we are trying to develop, isn’t still available in us. It could be right there, staring us straight in the face, and we just aren’t aware of it.
I think about how many times I’ve eaten pineapple. If you had told me when I was little that there was anything mathematical about the outside of that fruit, I probably would have spit it out in your face, and never touched it again. Well not really, but the image of my young self doing that is really amusing to me. The point is, I’ve seen hundreds of pineapples probably, and for many years never knew that the outside of it had any relation to the studies of a guy named Fibonnaci. But it did. It does. I just never thought about it. What else is right in front of our noses and we just don’t see it, or know about it yet?
Think about it:
- The best friend you wish you had may be someone you already see every day, you just haven’t felt brave enough to strike up a conversation yet
- That job you long for exists somewhere in the world. Right now. You just have to find it! Or create it
- That open-mindedness you want so badly to cultivate is already inside you! Have you ever been open-minded about ANYTHING? Once? You have? Then you’ve GOT it! All you need to do is find ways to turn that naturally occurring beauty into a habit. Same with patience, or confidence, or anything else
Naturally occurring harmony may be right under our noses all along. We just need to be open to seeing it. Join me this week Celebrationists as I work to keep my eyes open. To notice the details. To not believe the lie we sometimes tell ourselves that “everything is hard, attaining our heart’s desire is near to impossible, and life is full of insurmountable problems.” Unless they are math problems. Then that is totally true, for some of us… ; )
Until next week, Celebrationists!