Once in a Blue Moon
The Buddha once said that “three things cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth”. The first two shine over the world at different times. The third as painful as it may be, as sugarcoated as it could get, and as postponed as it is kept, will always shine in the end. It is not easy always speaking the truth. But sometimes it is indeed the only thing that will “set you free”. Speaking the truth means you don’t need to remember what lies or variations you have told to cover it up. It means not having to hide from anything and anyone. And it means having a clean conscience.
However, “the truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable” (James A. Garfield). Speaking the truth also means dealing with the consequences. The effects. The reactions. At times it means dealing with the destruction after the tornado has passed. But being true, also means being honest. And that is one of the most admirable characteristics any person can have. It is something to be cherished and commended. Being honest, nonetheless, also implies leaving yourself exposed to others. Letting them see exactly who you are. Your faults and your weaknesses. Your attributes and your strengths. It is lighting the path to your heart without fear of who will walk along it. And it is having the faith that people will accept you for exactly that, and despite it all.
And yet, once in a blue moon, you find that that actually happens. That your trust, your hope and most of all your dreams, have been at least partly realized. That things actually happen the way you would like them to, and most importantly, without you needing to change. To hide who you truly are. To mask your feelings, your thoughts, your ambitions, simply to attain your goal.
Tonight, Friday 31 August 2012, is a blue moon. Defined as the second full moon in a calendar month, the moon may appear to be bluish – a rare event which can also be caused by smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere. The August moon in particular (let alone a blue August moon) is a summer night to celebrate. With archaeological sites and museums staying open late in order to allow visitors the opportunity to relish the beautiful sight of a full summer moon. To wish upon it. And to dream. It may not open a portal linking the Smurfs‘ medieval world to the real one. But it will certainly open up people’s hearts to the exquisite beauty of nature. To the natural romance that will spark flames of passion all around. To minds that will be set free to make plans for the future. To set ambitions, goals. And above all to dream. To resolve that life-setting changes will not only be made “once in a blue moon” – i.e. every now and then – but more often. They can happen whenever you choose them too. As long as you have the will and some support to guide you along the way. We can all be the change we want to see in the world, as Ghandi said. All it takes is a strong will, a guiding hand, ambition, and perhaps even some of the magic emitted by a blue moon.
“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.” -Les Brown