As the sun breaks through the clouds, transforming hardened snow
Into a field of rainbow sparkles on the blanketed earth below
My heart touched with hope that even on the darkest day
Gratitude will reveal blessings, an inexplicable inner peace to light the way
This morning I awoke from a strange but peaceful dream
A late-blooming lilac with rich-rose colored flowers stood before me
I turned away for a moment and when I looked at the lilac again
It had transformed into a tree with green-edged golden blooms
Filled with golden birds munching blossoms
I couldn’t tell what kind of birds they were, golden finches or grosbeaks
But the golden blossoms and birds set my heart aglow
There are questions that I still cannot answer after almost seven decades on the earth. Still, I feel it’s precisely those questions that are the most important to continue exploring. Recently, I’ve been thinking about something Neil deGrasse Tyson shared on one of the episodes of Cosmos: A Space Odyssey. His deep, poetic words are important reminders to remain open to the inexplicable mystery and wonder of life, to be honest enough to admit what we don’t know, and to question everything we’ve learned, especially if it comes from sources that claim to know the one truth.
We were born into a mystery,
One that has haunted us
Since at least as long as we’ve been human.
We awakened on this tiny world
Beneath a blanket of stars,
Like an abandoned baby left on a doorstep
Without a note to explain where we came from,
Who we are, how our universe came to be.
And with no idea how to end our cosmic isolation.
We’ve had to figure it all out for ourselves….
We hunger for significance,
For signs that our personal existence
Is of special meaning to the universe.
To that end, we’re all too eager to deceive ourselves and others…