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Upon A Star

October 2, 2014

Wow, I saw my first shooting star ever and it was magical! Yep, in all of my 29 years I’ve wanted to watch a falling star shoot across the sky but never seemed to be in the right place at the right time until Friday night when I stood in awe watching a long, bright white streak soar over the trees for a brief moment; it was truly a celestial experience. At least it felt that way since it was my first sighting, although shooting stars are a fairly common occurrence. Hey, did you know a shooting star was accidently caught on film as it streaked across the sky in the movie Jaws? True, check it out.

However, being a novice at first I thought Somethin’ Bad was about to happen like a UFO landing in the next county over, where a Small Town Throwdown would take place as little green cowboys would boot-scoot out of their spaceship like American Kids and nonchalantly turn everyone into Chicken-Fried zombies hooked on Sunshine & Whiskey as they plot to take over the world while turning Bottoms Up on a Cold One at the River Bank...Yikes, I’m mixing CMT videos with the SyFy channel again. My bad.

Seriously though, my first thought was UFO then my friend was like, “Hey, that was a falling star.” And I was like, “Reeeaaally!” Then I was told to make a wish so I wished for a million dollars in small bills. Hey, it was a knee-jerk wish, you know, being excited and all. But then I came to my senses and wished for perfect health and the return of Disco. Frown if you must, but songs from the Disco era were made for dancing.

Besides, what could the meaning of happiness be other than dancing like no one is watching?

By the way, do you believe wishes on a falling star come true? Well then don’t let me burst your cosmic bubble but technically wishing (on a star) started as praying to the planet Venus, which is named for the Roman goddess of love and always the brightest star. Back in the day folks naturally prayed for love to the goddess of love as the sun set and Venus became visible in the sky. Yet as old traditions morphed into today’s customs praying to a planet is now known as wishing upon a star.

Your guess is as good as mine but I’d venture to say love is probably still the most popular wish wished for nowadays, and why not? Everyone wants to be in love and be loved unconditionally. Isn’t that what you would wish for? Unless, of course, you are already in a blissfully loving relationship, then you might consider wishing for the demise of Reality TV. (Whoa...that’s a good one and my next wish on a falling star.) You know, it’s widely believed your wish will come true as long as it’s not unrealistic like a Lamborghini suddenly appearing in your driveway. Yeah, try explaining THAT to the IRS!

Seriously though friends, if we are fully vested in our heart’s desire and if we want it badly enough there is always a good chance our wish will come true.

Sigh. Makes you want to stand outside every night staring at the cosmos, doesn’t it? Except it doesn’t take a shooting star to wish from your heart. Just close your eyes and speak your desire. A word of advice to the melancholy though...don’t google ‘shooting stars’ because all you’ll find is a bunch of galactic terms like meteoroid, comet and constellation.

Sort of takes the ambiance out of wishing on a star when you discover it’s only a piece of cosmic debris traveling through Earth’s atmosphere at hundreds of miles an hour, nearly incinerating itself as friction heats the air up around it approximately 30-80 miles from the surface which is precisely when it’s visible to the naked eye as a falling star and should it survive its traumatic entrance into our atmosphere it lands somewhere on the planet as a meteorite for researchers to find and analyze at a later date, when they crack it open and all the wishes fall out. Whew! Or, just believe...“Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight.”

Can you imagine ... a million dollars in small bills suddenly appearing under your mattress?

A smile on your lips is my wish for you!




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