Tuesday, February 17, 2009

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - Bottle Design by Cheryl

Story and Photo by Micki Findlay

I have always had such a fascination with the whole 'Message in a Bottle' concept. I mean, how romantic would it be to find an abandoned bottle laying on the shore with a love note inside it from a mysterious stranger? There is something about it that just warms the 'cockles of my heart'... the fact that someone, somewhere, at some time wrote a note to a loved one they had lost track of and, thereby possessed enough faith to dare believe that if they stuffed their message in a bottle and threw it out to sea, that there could be a possibility that their loved one may one day find it and return.

It makes me think about the power of hope. Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese monk once said, “Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.”
So true! I believe that courage is a by-product of hope. Is this the ramblings of an idealist? Guilty as charged. I do have my practical side as well. But I believe that how a person looks at life determines how they survive through the devastating times.

So is the whole Message in a Bottle idea silly and frivolous? Or is it empowering to the one sending the message? When I think of how I met my husband David, I know there is such a thing as miracles, but that is a story for another day. Figuratively speaking, I guess you could say that I threw a bottle into the sea in hopes that I would one day meet someone like him: my soul mate, at last.


1 comment:

art by naomi said...

Hi Micki .... a great read to start my day with, thanks.
A month or so ago someone in church shared that on their trip to Mexico their family was on a cruise and decided to throw a bottle with their name and address in it over the side of the ship. Well, quite some time later they received a letter from a family in some tropical country that had just found their 'message in a bottle' and had just experienced a crisis due to weather conditions, lost their home etc. Anyway, to make a long story short these people who threw the bottle into the ocean where able to track down the facts of the situation, yes there had been a crisis and where able to help this couple with providing goods to them.
Hope itself is a miricle. To be able to summon up the strength to have hope in certain situations is a gift from God.
Big Higs Micki!
I'm lovin your shop items, very unique.