WE READ THE WEATHER like tealeaves wanting to know what the future will hold. But the changing skies that hang over my personal pathways are seldom that clear as I peer into the gray and sometimes shimmering patterns.
I like to peek into my tomorrows for hints of what I should wear when I venture outdoors … although boots and an umbrella are an easy guess this time of year. I also welcome the sweeter forecasts that are often tucked inside of fortune cookies to ponder longer term goals.
But looking too far ahead drains color from the day. And predictions are never as black and white as they seem in the plot of an old movie. With my crystal ball of hindsight, I know what true dramas unfolded for the people who starred in the classics. I prefer the chapters in my own life to remain a mystery.
Is the future written in the stars or yet to be determined as we make choices along life’s way? I tend to believe the latter but perhaps it is a wizard's mix of both. Whatever the brew, it seems joyful surprises can be revealed around any corner and inspiration concealed in the ups and downs of the weather.
An insightful message can even be hidden in a 1999 computer game called The Longest Journey bought as a Christmas gift over a decade ago. I treasure these words from a character named Cortez who says to the heroine: “You see, señorita, mystery is important. To know everything, to know the whole truth, is dull. There is no magic in that. Magic is not knowing, magic is wondering about what and how and where.”
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