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."
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...