Last night close to the moment when Lady Midnight sweeps onto center stage adorned in her ebony velvet gown I found myself wandering through one of the groups I belong to on Linked In.
I decided to see if any fellow wanderers were out and about in this particular neighborhood of cyber space.
It wasn't long before a fellow group member answered my call. I proceeded to ask my newfound correspondent how the day had gone and where beauty was to be found within it. I finished my request with the comment: My soul craves connection.
The answer I received to my request for evidence of beauty was a delightful description of an encounter with a giant frog perched on a window panel next to a front door at eye level. My cohort commented to me that the frog appeared to be a happy amphibian.
His coloring was soft and soothing - a velvety grass green. His toes had little suction cups and his eyes blinked as if smiling and saying "hello".
I myself was smiling happily at this description when I noticed a postscript to the message:
...Oh, by the way - maybe your soul is just craving chocolate - :)
Shortly after this interchange... this delightful, random "moment"...I happily and
sleepily turned in for the night.
During the wee ours, in the midst of my deep sleep, some level of my consciousness sprinkled all of these elements into the mix...my late night wandering, my newfound cyber friend, the darling frog perched on the window pane, the longing for connection and the "chocolate" of my soul.
As a result of my nocturnal processing, I feel it was no accident that my cyber friend responded to my search for roaming night owls within MINUTES of my request. We were MEANT to connect in this way.
The frog perched on her window panel undoubtedly came to bring her a message but I think he came for me, too, because she described him in answer to my question, "Where did you find beauty in your day?"
And there is beauty also in the symbolic meaning of the frog (Intuition, creativity, transformation, metamorphosis) which, I believe, was meant for both of us as encouragement and inspiration for our spiritual journeys.
My cyber friend saw the frog (in all of its awkward glory) and then helped me see it through her eyes.
And now to my cohort's comment:
"Oh, by the way - maybe your soul is just craving chocolate."
Chocolate, I find, has a strong, symbolic meaning of love, passion, care and a happy life. It is a great simple gift that surprises us...
Like the frog at eye level blinking a hello while he balanced himself adventurously with the suction cups of his toes...
Like the beautiful bonding and camaraderie that developed between my cyber friend and me in just a few moments of full-hearted attention...
Like the wondrous possibilities of connection that the institution of Linked In provides.
I think my new friend was right.
My soul DOES crave this "chocolate" sweetness.
These moments do constitute the beauty of the day and they telegraph LOVE...through the frog's smiling eyes, for example, and his encouragement for transformation and celebration of intuition. (We are both writers who ."listen" to the messages of the universe).
Finally, the lovely bonding of the late night cyber travelers (the pure joy of human interaction) was, in itself, a sweet surprise.
We are all so lovingly "LINKED IN".
Oh, yes, my soul does crave "chocolate" in whatever clever surprise the Universe delivers it to me. : )
image from birdfood.ie