When I was a kid one of my dream careers was to be an astronomer. I loved the night sky, the planets, the majesty and wonder of the universe. I still do. I also wanted to be an actress. You might think they’re very different fields, but not really—both fields deal with stars and creativity! And in ultimately becoming a therapist, coach, spiritual director, and writer, I get to focus on the star in people like you. And this isn’t just hype, it’s our actual reality.
". . . not only do we live in the universe,
the universe lives within us.”
Neal de Grasse Tyson
One of my favorite plays during my college days, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel, opens with the main character, teen-aged Tillie saying, “He told me to look at my hand for a part of it came from a star that exploded too long ago to imagine. This part of me was formed from a tongue of fire that screamed through the heavens until there was our sun. And this part of me—this tiny part of me—was on the sun when it itself exploded and whirled in a great storm until the planets came to be.”
So whether it’s astronomy or theatre, or counseling and writing, the message is ultimately the same: the wonder of the universe is awesome, the dance of the universe within our bodies is amazing, and the gifts we each bring to life, whether it’s a gift of artistic expression, a gift of listening, a gift of awakening others, a gift of loving another, is precious.
My birthday wish for you is that the seeds you plant this season will blossom to their fullest and most nourishing fruition for you and those your life touches.