A Stardust Story
Two years ago, on my first trip to Berlin, I was walking alone one night around the city and spotted a window display in Nikolaiviertel that mesmerized me – a poster of Miranda Kerr in a stack of Swarovski stardust bracelets, next to a few of the actual bracelets, which shimmered like stars. I’m not much of a fine jewelry person, but I thought these were SO pretty that I took a picture, wistful, thinking, “Wow, I love those… Too bad I could never afford one.” I was, in that period of my life, making meals out of cups of steamed milk or carefully-rationed 0.8-oz. portions of chocolate; such was my need to stretch money: fill up on just enough fat to keep going, skip real food if you can. Jewelry was a luxury I couldn’t spring for. Let alone designer. Let alone Swarovski. I’d see these again in shop windows on my many long walks and always think, “Oh, those are so pretty. Maybe someday – but probably not.” I never even told anybody I liked these bracelets. There was no point.
Yesterday, I was presented with a Swarovski box. It had come as a free gift when one of my relatives ordered some beautiful crystal lovebirds as a present for someone else. The lovebirds’ recipient wouldn’t wear something like this, but would I like to have it? I was completely floored – NEVER expected – to see a stardust bracelet. In a shade of my favorite color, no less.
This person had no idea I loved these bracelets or ever wanted one.
Of course I accepted the gift with gratitude, but even bigger than the gratitude was a sense of wonder. It was just as serendipitous as it was desired, and as I gear up to return to Berlin — the place where I first saw these years ago, when I was scraping by — something makes me think maybe there is something symbolic in how this gift came into my life. For one, as someone who reads tarot cards, the “star” associations of this gift are not lost on me – Major Arcana #17, a message of nurturing your wildest hopes, as nothing beautiful is truly impossible. This message – hope, faith, trust, dreams coming true – has been emphasized for me a little bit lately. A very important perspective to temper the jadedness and wounds of my previous unsuccessful attempts at making my dreams real, especially now as I get ready to make another try again.
But more importantly, maybe the story here of how this bracelet came to me is the message, and maybe the message is this:
Things you once believed were out of your reach can come into your world now (and any time, truly) in completely unexpected ways, and you need not find a way “how.” Heaven knows your needs AND your wants and does not forget them — even after you, yourself, do.
Life can bring you beautiful gifts at any time.
I wish you blessings, and may life bring you your own “stardust bracelets” too. 💕💫✨