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Making a New Piece from Pieces

November 5, 2018

So here we are hurtling into the end of the year. The time change always brings that to the forefront for me. Days are shorter, nights are darker, and we spend more time at home nesting. Armed with a little extra time today (thank you for the hour I got back or something like that) I decided to tackle my broken mala that I received from my last teacher training. It's nothing fancy, just sandalwood beads, but the meaning is far deeper. It reminds me of the love that I felt from all of my fellow trainees and my two beautiful teachers. I think of how much I grew then, and how much I keep moving forward. It's very near and dear to my heart. Dearness aside, I broke my mala a few weeks back. I knew it was going to happen, because like most pieces of jewelry I wasn't careful. Picking up the beads on the bathroom floor was no fun, and I didn't say the nicest things to  myself during the process. Regardless of my carelessness, I knew I had to put the pieces back together. I bought some supplies at the craft store, but never found the time to tackle the task. It was tonight that I finally found the time to put the pieces back together. I had to find some extra duty reading glasses, but I started the task. Between the gem chips I bought and my beads I figured a way to put 108 pieces back together. Funny thing was I didn't lose any beads. I didn't realize this until I was done and had to decide what to do with my extra sandalwood pieces. I had exactly 108. How was that possible? Life is similar in many respects. How often do we know a break is coming, but we don't pay the right attention to the signs or we ignore them all together? When the event occurs we curse and cry over the scattered pieces wondering how all is this is going to fit together going forward. When we finally sit down and look how everything fell into place, sometimes we are amazed at the results. Maybe some pieces are missing, maybe some are replaced, but the end result was far better than we imagined. It's tempting to cast the pieces aside, but often that's not possible. The message is not to get caught up in the break, but the process of mending. There is a Divine design for each of us if we are will to take a closer look, and the pieces will always make up a beautiful whole. Have a great week my friends!

 

 

 

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