Sometimes soul mates enter into our world as a result of intense and focused intention. Sometimes they grow from a professional or academic relationship. Sometimes it is a brother or a sister who so generously allows you to be you. It is a daughter or a son who loves you because you are you . . . because of your flaws and your zaniness and your creative forgetfulness. Sometimes your soul mate comes as a complete and absolute and amazing surprise. You are standing in line one evening and someone turns around and says, “Hello. Do we know each other?”
These are the fabulous contradictions of every day miracles. The surprise of the known. The immediate recognition of the familiar in the unanticipated. And it is all quite amazing actually. We weave our hearts and souls into our respective days. We tie off loose threads and we pull some length from the hanks of color that ribbon throughout and within. We offer our dynamic colors and texture and entwine them into the tapestry of our lives. We recognize that there is a Higher Power at work.
We are mindful to occasionally view the tapestry from above — not just from the underside where the slubs,
knots, and loose ends dangle. If we cannot see the beauty from above, we close our eyes and open our hearts and imagine the beauty. We keep on weaving. Our souls so want to be expressed in threads that honor our unique and lovely ways.
There are some beautiful and magical writings that celebrate the metaphors, similes, and analogies of life with weaving and tapestries. So many!
This quote from Yeats is magnificent and beautiful:
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths, en-wrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet: but I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet; tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
(W.B. Yeats, 1899)
A great image.
Dreams are fragile. They are but vapor in another’s soul. They grow in body and in strength when treated gently. As Yeats has written, soul mates tread ever so softly — so gently — on another’s dreams. They see another’s dreams as beautiful and invaluable. They celebrate another’s patchwork of reality. They see themselves in the other’s dream.
Albert Einstein was so smart and wise. He wrote: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” I want to live my life as though everything is a miracle. Everything is sacred. And amazing. And beautifully woven together. “Hello. Do we know each other?” Yes. And Yes.