Friday, March 20, 2020

This Miracle Of Light

"Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing." -Wayne Dyer

Remember my story about the sunshine and disco balls that flood my living room with light?  

Well, a few days ago, I posted it late at night and shortly thereafter, I went to bed.

The next morning, I woke up to find the most beautiful photos of another living room flooded with light.

As I scrolled through the images, like a dream, a strange sensation came over me. I'd been here before but at first glance, my mind could only summon up a surreal feeling of deja vu, a fantasy of a memory, something that seemed not quite real.

Slowly, the pieces fell into place.

This room is in Havana, the home of the Malaysian Ambassador to Cuba, where I was fortunate enough to visit in 2016 when my friend, Nayli, and her family lived there. 

The crystals on the table belong to Nayli's mother, who collected them in Cambodia when the family was living in Vietnam.

And these photos were born from the artistic eye of Nayli who had seen my post about the disco balls and wanted to share her own memories of living in a room filled with light.

Once my muddled brain was able to sort this out, my spirit soared. 

What beautiful pictures.

What a thoughtful friend to connect the dots between her life and mine, and share with me her own experience of the same lovely phenomenon.

Who would ever have guessed that a Gen Z Malaysian college student, born in the United States, raised all around the world, and now attending university in the UK would feel the same sense of magic as I do over such a simple thing as reflected light. 

And who could have ever predicted that our paths would not just cross but connect, and that by chance, I would share a story that had already been told on her camera roll, several years earlier.

This story is, for me, a beautiful marvel. And from now on, whenever the sunshine hits my disco balls and little sparkles dance across my living room, I will think of my friend, Nayli, and remember this miracle of light.

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Here are more stories about my friend, Nayli

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Check out all the stories stories about my once-in-a-lifetime trip to Cuba and my wonderful friends who lived there:

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