Thursday, August 16, 2007

Just a Green Paperclip in the Gym

I saw a big green paperclip at the foot of my gym locker last Tuesday. I couldn't help but smile... and mutter "shucks" under my breath that I didn't have a camera with me. If I were to do a mindmap and start with the word GREEN in the middle, I would come up with these other words and phrases: Kermit. Jokes. Archers. Forest. Veggies. Grass. But the biggest word would be: GO.

Green always means go. Ready... get set... go! Go, Nikki, go...
  • Go to the gym. (Yes, I finally signed up for a 3-month membership. Treadmill and weights tomorrow, boxing on Saturday. Whew!)
  • Go to the blogger meet. (It'll be my first ever blogger meet and I'm so excited!)
  • Go to the post office and send your book to Neil, Jeffrey and Susan. (It's just ten minutes from Tektite. And a wonderful thing happened the last time I walked to the post office...)
  • Go out with old friends. (Lyn and Eden... Bonnie, Luigi and Bub... Karina... Krissy and Jomi, Pau, Will... Chiko... Alfred and Pia... Bench Friends... I can't wait to see you!)
  • Go out with new people. (Who wants to set me up on a blind date?)
  • Go forth and multiply the business. (Yes, I think I'm really beginning to enjoy my sales role.)
  • Go to places you've never been to before. (I love the new Mag:Net Cafe in Bonifacio High Street. I also have scheduled get-togethers at Galileo and New Bombay Cafe this weekend.)
  • Go and see more of the Philippines. (Anyone game to go whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro this February? Any other suggested WOWPhilippines destinations?)
  • Go and write some more. (There's so much in my head but I'm not as writing as much as I should be. I'm starting to feel "artistically constipated" - thanks for the term, Yelley!)
  • Go on retreat. (I'll definitely be at SHN in the Easter, but until then, I'll have to find a way to go on vacation on my own.)
  • Go reach out to fellow TCKs. (Write, blog, reconnect, make new connections.)
  • Go submit your picture book. (As soon as I find the best publisher out there...)
  • Go and live out your dreams. (An extraordinary life is all I ask...)
  • Go and find your love / Go and swim the seas... (Yes, I've been listening to the soundtrack of Once on This Island a little too much!)
Go, Nikki, go. Green always means go. Could this be my one only-say-the-word-and-I-shall-be-healed word? I once wrote about that being one of my most favorite lines at church. Is God saying "go"? I quickly had to Google for something I recently read (but I forget where exactly I read it) and I'm glad I found it on a pretty cool blog:

If the request is wrong, God will say, “No.”
If the timing is wrong, God will say, “Slow.”
If you are wrong, God will say, “Grow.”
When the timing is right, God will say, “Let’s go!”

So is the timing right? Am I experiencing all these GodWinks because He is finally saying "go"? Is the Universe conspiring for this dreamer? (My life has seriously been one big conspiracy... but that's another blogpost altogether!)

I see you in every green stoplight... I once had this line floating in my head, soon after my Poetry for Non-Poets class in July 2004, and I thought it would make a killer line for a story or poem. Unfortunately, it's still only a line. I don't have the story or the poem just yet. Argh.

I saw a green paperclip in the gym... and so much more. I see so many possibilities. I see an extraordinary life ahead of me. I see answered prayers. I see my one true love. (I know it sounds insane, but I've never felt such crazy-certainty as this.)

What comes to mind when you see a green paperclip?

9 comments:

David said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm looking forward to reading more of yours, too. Curious to see what becomes of your "green paper clip"!

Blessings,
David.

Yelle said...

I'm so excited for you, Tita Nikki! GO, GO, GO!

CloudWoman said...

Thanks, David! I like your blog's randomness + centeredness theme. I'm just as curious too... :)

CloudWoman said...

Yey! Thanks, Tita Yelley!!! You'll be one of the first to know for sure... ;-)

Rico said...

I see a green paperclip in a woman who freely hands out a great book, even to people who ask redundant questions. ;)

CloudWoman said...

Thanks, Rico! Thank you for your question. The world needs more curious people like you! :-) So what adventure will you start today?

riz said...

GO. I like the sound of that. :) I still haven't found a paperclip lying around! But oh well, at least we have YOU to keep us inspired. ;)

It was lovely meeting you Nikki, hope to chat with you again :)

Eden said...

thank you nikki for giving me a GO! reading your book is the most timely thing that ever happened to me! i had super fun last saturday! did we actually take longer during coffee than dancing?! hah! till the next hat party? and yes to adventure! pagsanjan first is it? although i dont mind river rafting again! god is smiling big at you! thank you!! =D

Nikki said...

Hey Eden! I'm happy you liked my story. O, next up - Shel Silverstein! ;-) I had a great time with you and Lyn too. Thanks again for making it to the RMAF launch. I appreciate the support (and really enjoy your company!) - sa uulitin!