by Erma Washington
Many of us are like shooting stars that takes necessary breathers during our life time as we journey and connect with other stars along the way to our destined homes. Stars cluster together to create a happy atmosphere and in that atmosphere they validate each other and connect on a level that says we belong. Recently, a friend of mine shared her story with me as we sat down enjoying high tea. She talk about her friends which she described as a wonderful group of stars.
My friend had just celebrated a birthday and her account of the celebration created a brilliant setting for a low cost movie in my opinion. Here is her account of the event which she said was a month long celebration. At the end of the celebration she said she wrote a note of thanks to the group and this is the gist of the thoughts she share with the other stars in her cluster.
As the celebrated star of the cluster I shine my light brightly into your lives and hearts saluting you for your generosity toward me, by gifting me with the opportunity to have a shared birthday spanning an entire month. Simply put- I loved it! It was marvelous and purpose driven!
Historically, we the stars of this great cluster always find creative ways to bless each other or bless others around us. Clearly, this was a sweet blessing with great indulgence. This is why I can say we are like shooting stars because we are always actively engaged in serving each other.
I still laugh about the mastery behind the invitation asking me to drop in at the restaurant for breakfast and a presentation. I had reservations about the authenticity of the invite, but today, I can clearly say, it certainly delivered what it promised. This great celebration will go down in history as the day “the milestone gift was birthed”.
I was so pleased to know that this detailed planning was designed specifically for me and was an In-House Special, served to me with great care, wrapped in love, bundled in warmth, accompanied by unity and at the end of the journey, my Cinderella month ended in a standing ovation with great applause!
It was a time well spent because the days were filled with different kinds of events. A milestone sprint with friends, who freely shared the spotlight with me. The golden slipper fits much better than the silver simply donned with rubies. How inviting was the clustered journey that ended on the stairwell of a 30 days birthday bash guarantee. Only possible with this special group of women “my clustered friends”.
With such an imagery to sum up this great cause, a simple thanks would negate the depth of this stars appreciation, so to all the planning, plat-forming, staging, financing, & technology stars in my cluster, I truly thank you all for being in the same galaxy with me.
The many outings which kept the adrenalin pumping was like a youthful shower. For each of you in my galaxy you have celebrated with me one on one and the level of my appreciation is unspeakable. I was and will remain mindful that you had many other things seeking your attention but you committed yourselves to celebrate this milestone with me. Each of you near and far, made the commitment to connect with me and shared your thoughts, time, energy, laughter, money, food, space & a loving embrace to ensure success on this very special and personal journey with me. Know that I appreciate the photographic ingenuity behind the many different pictures which captured those moments that will enrich my personal archive for years to come.
Thank you does not do justice, but may that suffice as an acceptable reaction to your arms of love which you all extended to me so generously.
We have spent many years together which makes us look like clustering stars. They say a picture says a thousand words and with the family archive the pictures have spoken of all of us.
I close by saying when we gaze upon a shooting star we are usually unclear about the origin and also the destination. We are unsure about the fate of such a star, but shooting or not, it is still a star. To my clustering friends, you are like stars in my life because of the brightness of your lights.
May we stay clustered as a galaxy of stars, whose light lends itself to the other, that it is impossible to measure the brightness/dullness of any one star, because they are never separated long enough to be recognized as the star with the lesser light. One thing is for certain, when you look upon a shooting star, it is usually bright, so it is never mistakenly called anything else, but a shooting star! That what we are!
May the blessings of Abraham remain in your homes and families forever. A million thanks to everyone!!
Love and admiration for my galaxy group.
Happy belated birthday my friend!!