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Miracle on Canal Street
Hello, dear friends!
I wanted to share with you the story about the "sign" I got on the
way back from Chinatown last weekend. We were sitting in a restaurant
in Chinatown discussing the name for my Feng Shui site with a couple of
friends. We talked about the logo, the name of the company, as well as
various plans for the future. Our discussion included images related to
birds. I was very happy to get rave reviews from my friends.
After that, we went to the subway station and while I was waiting
for my train to arrive, my friends waived to me from the opposite
platform as they were getting on their train.
Still smiling after they were gone, I found myself alone. There
were people further away on the platform, so I started walking towards
them. One couple especially attracted my attention. They were not very
young, perhaps late 40's, but there was something very magical about
how they trustingly leaned towards each other. The lady was wearing a
funny hat, still, they both looked beautiful and there was something
very warm and accepting about their smiles. I walked past them and
headed towards the other side of the platform, still excited and unable
to stay in one place after a day of dragon dances and business
discussions in Chinatown.
However, I felt drawn to that couple, to their warmth, the light of
that woman's smile, so I turned and walked back towards them. As I was
approaching them, I saw them raise their heads and look straight up. I
was now almost near them. The lady turned to me and said: "Look" -
pointing up. I bent my neck and looked up the hidden well expecting to
find dirty, old, full of graffiti structures of the New York
Instead, I found... birds. Dozens, perhaps even hundreds of birds.
They were sitting everywhere: on metal beams, wires, stairs and handles
of fences. They were looking up, down at me, and at each other. They
were hidden from general view, since one had to stand in a certain
location on that platform and look up that hidden well to see them. I
remember questions rushing through my mind one after another: Birds -
here? How on earth did they get there? What do they eat? So many of
them? What are they doing there?
As I continued looking up, I finally realized that the birds were
actually sculptures, metal sculptures, but so realistic that it took me
a while to understand that. Who would put those birds there? And so
many... Those are really pretty birds, I was thinking... Even now that
I know they were sculptures, I still have a hard time believing they
were not real.
I was sitting on the train in awe, still contemplating what had
just happened. Interestingly enough, only three people on the platform
saw the birds: the "happy couple" and me... In Feng Shui birds mean
messages, good news, new beginnings, success, fame and recognition,
love, happy union, and many other positive and wonderful things. What's
more, as some of you already know, the name of my Feng Shui company, my
logo, the name of my site, and even my first name are all related to
I know, there are all kinds of lessons and philosophical
conclusions we can surmise from this little story. Well, I'll leave
them up to you. One thing is certain for me: I felt truly blessed, as I
saw true beauty where others saw only steel and dusty cement of an old
New York subway station. I felt that I received a "nod" and a smile
from god through that little incident.
I wish that we all see more wonderful signs like this one this year and always!
God bless you all.
(By the way, my name means "Seagull" in Greek)