As David was preparing to leave for his mission, I was seeking ways to keep his presence close by. I knew I would have his music to listen to, but I was wanting something more tangible, physical, something symbolic even. I thought back to previous things I had read and written and decided that I would get 2 plants to tend to, one for each year. I don’t have a green thumb so I decided to get succulents, which are somewhat easier to care for if you do it properly. I researched them and found a spot for them, and cared for them as directed. The plants did not make me feel better as I thought they would untl something strange happened 1 year later, almost to the day of David’s departure.
Plant #1 died suddenly. It was healthy all year-long. I smiled when I looked at it, and wondered how, why, and if, and then maybe, just maybe I really wasn’t surprised at all. This wasn’t the first time that some higher power seemed to be at work surrounding David. What with the archuglow, the spiritual feelings people have described at concerts, angel references, etc, most of us know we are in this fandom for reasons beyond the music. Some even feel as though they were chosen somehow, so much so that they think only certain people can truly hear what we hear in his voice, while others say he’s a great singer and go on with their day.
But the question remains, why did the plant die that week? Why not the week before or after? Did I subconsciously not care for the plant knowing that year one was ending? Did the plant know it had fulfilled its purpose? Or is this simply a coincidence? I knew what I thought, but some research was in order. After reading much too much about Quantum Physics, the time-space continuum, and math, I stumbled upon Synchronicity.
“Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, whereas they are unlikely to be causally related. The subject sees it as a meaningful coincidence, although the events needn’t be exactly simultaneous in time. The concept of synchronicity was first described by Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s.
The concept does not question, or compete with, the notion of causality. Instead, it maintains that just as events may be connected by a causal line, they may also be connected by meaning. A grouping of events by meaning need not have an explanation in terms of cause and effect.
Behind all these phenomena Jung places the archetype or the constellation of an archetype, which, in his view, is a process that engages equally objective manifestations, in the physical world, and subjective ones, in the psychological universe.”
Pretty simple. I think the two things are related so therefore, they are. But the nagging question remains – why that week? Then I had to think about plants more. Maybe there was more to this than I knew. Maybe it was just that plant’s life cycle. But Plant #2 was thriving, both succulents of the same type. I found some fascinating information about plants. I invite you to take the time to read this article (you got nothing else better to do right?!) and think about it for a while.
Since we know a little more about plants now, have our questions changed about plant #1′s death? Or maybe there is a whole new set of questions? Needless to say I am watching plant #2 a bit more than I was. What does it know? Will it die when David comes home? Have your thoughts changed about Plant #1? Mine have not. I know that the plant was cared for properly, and I don’t believe that I subconsciously neglected it somehow. Did it know I needed to smile? It’s like the time I was at the thrift store a few months after David left. Thrifting had become my new hobby. Marciami was there with me that day. I was looking through some handbags and reached inside of one and felt something. I pulled it out to find it was a stone with words on it.
It said ” No problem is too big for God to handle” so then I flipped it over and it said,
“The David Stone.” Marciami and I screamed right in the middle of the thrift store! We jumped around like tween girls for a minute. What are the odds that I would reach into that handbag at that store at that moment? What did it mean? I have carried that stone with me every day since. My husband says I stole it from the thrift store because I did not buy the handbag it was in. I choose to think of it as a gift. I had to research it since I had never seen a stone like that before. I found it online: http://www.amazon.com/Club-Faithstones-David-Stone-Boxes/dp/B002MPRRWU
Was it a coincidence that two archangels found a David stone while trying out a new hobby to keep our minds off of David?
What do you think? Have you experienced other examples of Synchronicity during your fandom? What did it mean to you? Did you tell anyone about it? And do you think I killed plant #1? LOL
Funny Girl is a staff writer for The Voice.