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You Are in My Constellation

It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of our lives, isn’t it? We forget that we’re part of a bigger constellation of stars and shadows. 

For instance, last week my contract as an Academic Strategist ended. I applied for three other jobs at the college; two are definitely not mine and I’m beginning to suspect the third isn’t, either.

It’s easy to get disheartened. I love working at the college, I miss the energy of the students and the camaraderie of the staff, and I’m not ready to retire financially or in any other way.

While I’m not a worrier, I am prone to impatience and eagerness to get to the next thing. 

But it’s not about me

Falling asleep last night—in that dreamy space between wakefulness and sleep—I saw a constellation. Instead of stars were people. Me, the college staff, “competitors” who applied and won the jobs I wanted, their families, and the students affected by our actions.

Instead of my single-minded tunnel vision (like blinders on a horse), I saw the big picture. My wants, needs and goals are just part of the whole. And not even a big part! Just a tiny speck in this giant constellation that includes thousands of people with needs, desires, goals and lives of their own.

For reasons I may never know, I didn’t get the jobs I wanted. But I will get the job that wants me, and I’ll be grateful for the way it all unfolded.

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You are in my constellation

You, in the constellation

Not only are you part of your own life’s constellation, you are part of mine, too. We are connected by a gossamer thread as thin as floss and as strong as silk. We’re like stars united by reverberations and activities that we didn’t plan and aren’t controlling.

When you get bogged down in the details of your life, remind yourself that you are part of a constellation. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Yours isn’t to know, or even question. Yours is to live. 

I’m glad you’re part of my constellation.

With love,


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