Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What are you thinking?

Every morning I receive a 'Note From the Universe' in my computer inbox. The daily message from 'The Universe' is a positive tidbit which helps me remember that thoughts become things so I had better think good ones. It helps me start my day with a positive focus and a smile. My husband does occasionally feel the need to tell me that this is a computer generated message and that my message is not personalized. I am not so sure.



Throughout life I, like many people, have had events occur which have made me stop and pay close attention to my universe. Events which made me realize that there is someone or something much bigger than all of us and we need to pay attention to the messages which are floating around us. Often the messages aren't earth shattering or life changing but they do serve as a reminder that 'The Universe' is listening.


One such event occurred this past April when we were visiting my parents in Florida. We walked through my parent's retirement community in the evening and I smelled the most intoxicating, exotic smell which sent my olfactory glands into overdrive. My mom identified the flowering plant as the jasmine. I ran from yard to yard smooshing my face among the tiny delicate white flowers and inhaling deeply. My mom was concerned that the neighbors might report me to the authorities but I couldn't help myself - I was under the influence. I skipped merrily through the streets, nose lifted in the air, searching for a whiff of the most heavenly scent on earth.


"When I get back to NH I am planting jasmine throughout my yard," I proclaimed to all.


"You can't. Jasmine is a warm climate plant. It won't survive in NH."


"When I get back to NH I am buying a jasmine plant," I proclaimed to all.


"You can't. Jasmine will die in NH."


" I am going to have a jasmine plant in NH." I covered my ears and refused to listen to the naysayers.



I then returned home and forgot all about the exotic jasmine. I worked in my garden pulling weeds out from my petunias and hostas and my nose didn't even register any odors. I went to the local Home Depot one Saturday morning for some gardening supplies. As I stood in front of the bags of mulch trying to decide what type to purchase my nose started to twitch. I inhaled more deeply and had a Florida flashback. The scent of jasmine was in the air. I left my cart and followed my nose. I walked up to an older woman and tried to discreetly determine if she was wearing Jasmine perfume. I must have been in her personal space since she turned around, backed up, and slowly moved away from me. My nose ruled her out. I became a bloodhound as I walked quickly up and down aisles trying to find the source of the jasmine. I stopped in front of a row of pallets which was overloaded with a variety of potted plants. I started to rummage through and stacking the non-jasmine plants into the aisle in a rather frantic way.


"Can I help you, ma'am?"


I turned to see a Home Depot man in his official orange vest watching me with curiosity and maybe slight suspicion.


Breathlessly I explained, " There is a Jasmine plant somewhere on this pallet and I have to find it."


"Well, you are correct. It was sent up here to NH accidentally. Jasmine doesn't grow in this zone."


"Oh, it was no accident. The Universe sent it to me."

"Excuse me?"

At this point I had found the very healthy Jasmine with its green, shiny leaves and was hanging onto it with a death grip. I proceeded to explain my trip to Florida and how the Universe had been listening and...

"Why don't I show you to the checkout ma'am?" And he proceeded to walk me to the front of the store.

I stopped and turned to face his skepticism.

"Hasn't the Universe ever communicated with you?"

"Why don't I walk you out to your car?" He stood with his hand on his walkie -talkie ready to call Security.

I hugged my Jasmine plant to my chest and walked towards the exit.

Always one who has to get in the last word, I turned to share my final words of wisdom with him...

"Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand."

And here is my Jasmine plant ~ living a healthy life in NH...




36 comments:

Mike Golch said...

That is a great posting.

Kim Mailhot said...

So glad you and Jasmine have been reunited in NH, incredible Deb ! I know about those gifts from the Universe big time !!! You were one for me on a certain life changing night not so long ago. ;)

I think I need to be more vocal about it too - maybe we can change the world, one nay-sayingHomeDepot employee at a time !
Happy happy summer day !

Daryl said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I totally absolutely completely agree ... there are NO coincidences .. that was meant to happen!

Akelamalu said...

Of course it was meant to be - synchronicity! :)

pink dogwood said...

omg, I am trying to picture you sniffing the air next to that older woman and dying laughing :)

I have had a jasmine plant for 2-3 years now. You will just have to bring it in in fall. It might drop some leaves and will not flower, but it picks right back up in the summer when you take it out again.

good luck!!

Shaye said...

That's a great story. And how hilarious that the man at Home Depot was freaking out. There are a lot of things that apparently don't grow up here. I've done starters indoors and hope to get them outside for the last couple months of the summer. Then I'll just bring them back inside for the fall. I really hope they make it...especially my rather large herb garden.

Hugs,

~Shaye

Willow said...

Can I have $1,000,000?

I'm glad you got your jasmine!

MyMaracas said...

So funny, so wise. And who knows? Maybe what you said to that clerk was HIS message from the universe.

Brian Miller said...

ha. loved it! nothing is random...and yes iit speaks to me too.

Maggie May said...

Some things are meant to happen.

If you take the plant indoors during wintertime it should do well.
We can grow them here in the SW & the South of England. The perfume is lovely.
Loved the post!

ssskip said...

I love your quote about thoughts becoming things. That's awesome. Glad your jasmine came to you!

david mcmahon said...

Jasmine is very popular here in Melbourne. This plant was meant for you!

SandyCarlson said...

I am glad you got your jasmine.

I have a friend who believes the universe works to make us happy, that your happiness is in its best interest. I think that's true. Just have to stop fighting it!

Confessions of a Wandering Soul said...

Deb,
I love Jasmine too. We have two pots at home. Here are some pointers. They attract heaps of whtie flies/ mealy bugs which are detrimental to their growth.So we ended up buying white oil to get rid of those pests.It does help but for a little while.You have to keep on spraying them occassionally to keep the pests away.Enjoy the fragrance along with the peace it brings :)

Marg said...

You know what I like about coming back to your blog? You won't let anything hinder you from moving ahead. I love your fight for life and Universe.
You deserve the Jasmine!!!
Enjoy it and think about what it means to you...and those who said, It can't be done!!!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

thank you, I shall grasp this thinking firmly by the hand...and walk with it.....

♥ Braja said...

I'm living in India and have my own very specially loved jasmine plant that my gardener picks flowers from daily and brings into my home for my deities altar.....i am loving your story :))

Sherry at EX Marks the Spot said...

Oh, what a tremendous post. Some of the world's greatest inventions and achievements came about because people refused to give up and refused to listen to naysayers. Hooray for you!

By the way, I love the jasmine smell. It is glorious!

Maggie May said...

Congratulations on winning POTD!

Hilary said...

I've done a little more listening to the Universe lately myself and finding that it usually knows what it's talking about. Great post. I'm glad you have your jasmine. I followed its scent over here from David's.. congrats on POTD. :)

R.J. said...

What a fun story! I love jasmine but I would have to grow it indoors alongside my hibiscus.The northeast is intolerant of some of my favorite plants.I live close to Mother Nature in the woods where there is much to appreciate, but I have a love/hate relationship with the deer because they eat everything.The two-month-old twin fawns just walked past my window which is cute, but I had to chase them away from my azaleas yesterday.I enjoy feeding hummingbirds when I can defeat the ants, squirrels, and yellow jackets. Lots of mixed messages from The Universe.

Sarah Lulu said...

G'day ...
I also get the note from the Universe and it often speaks exactly to me!

AND I love the jasmine responding to you by appearing and flourishing.

xx

Vodka Mom said...

I LOVE IT!! My neighbor has jasmine FLOURISHING here in PA.



It is LOVELY.

Merisi said...

Beautiful story! :-)

Did you know that the name Jasmine comes from a Persian word that translates as "gift from God" (yasmin)?

Congratulations on winning David's Post of the Day Award!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Beautiful! "Thoughts become things. If you see it in your mind, you will hold it in your hand." I needed this quote today! Thank you!

Dianne said...

this post, and you, are so exceptional and magical and wonderful

Cheffie-Mom said...

I'm back - CONGRATS on the Post of the Day Award!! Well deserved!!

Shaye said...

Deb, I'm back! Just wanted to swing by and congrat you on POTD at David's. How wonderful! I've already passed your story along to other IRL friends...so very neat!

Hugs,

~Shaye

Willow said...

Congrats on POTD!

Laura said...

I had the same exact reaction to Jasmine. While visiting L.A. it was all I could smell. So when I moved here finally, I made sure to have lots of it.

And I can't keep it alive. It bloomed for a day and that was it.

Maybe Jasmine and I were not meant to be!

but is it not the greatest smell ever???

Pouty Lips said...

Ha-ha! You told him. Congrats on post of the day. I once saw a pelican flying overhead in Arizona and I felt the same way, like the universe sent a sea loving animal all the way to Arizona just so I could look up in the sky and see him.

Beverly said...

I love, love, love jasmine, too. We had one growing up our light pole when we lived in south Florida, and I couldn't wait to have that intoxicating fragrance again when we moved.

I'm the same way about gardenias and orange blossoms.

Enjoy! After all it is a gift to you from the universe.

Louise said...

This is exciting! PLEASE bring it in for the winter!

Snowbrush said...

I wish you luck with your plant, but am wondering if "this past April" means 2009.

Caroline B said...

Found your blog whilst bog-hopping!
Yes, Cosmic Ordering does work sometimes, although I'm still waiting for the hefty cash windfall & big house I put in for....
Your jasmine should be fine - I have one of the more delicate ones by my door here in the UK and it survived a very harsh winter this year. You could just remember to bring it in if there is a big freeze due. Our weather is rubbish here & yet I still have banana plants, olive & fig trees in pots & grape & kiwi vines, all thriving.

gaelikaa said...

Wonderful post. Delighted for you!

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