Day 360 Connecting the Dots

December 4, 2015

(If we live with an open and grateful attitude, every day will bring a gift. This is one of 365 gifts during the year I turned 70.)

The night sky holds Orion's Belt near the center of this photo.
Today we traveled with Stacy and Rayned to Etlan, Virginia where we were invited to spend the weekend at Sun Dancer with Geri and Gary. The property where their lodges are—Spirit Dancer, Sun Dancer and Star Dancer—borders on the Shenandoah National Park. This weekend will have no cell phone or Internet connections.

These days, we are all used to instant connection via mobile phone or computer. It is technology that makes this possible but when technology is unavailable, we are forced to connect in ways that rely only on face-to-face time where spaces are filled with hugs, discussions and actually doing things together. 

Tonight I went outside, listened to the silence above, and saw more stars than I can count. Looking up, I felt a connection to these distant bright balls of gas that inspired people long ago to create pictures and stories by connecting the dots in the sky. Other humans far away also look up at these distant points of light and, like me, are awed. In a way, during our lifetime, we are all our own stars secured to the earth by gravity and given the task of connecting the dots, the spaces among ourselves. 

My father once asked David about his philosophy of afterlife. David told him he believes we are made of stardust and that when we die, we become part of the universe. 

The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” ~ Carol Sagan

My gift today is many millions points of light.


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