Saturday, May 1, 2010


“I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself.” ~ Oscar Wilde.

I can easily be intrigued. When I leave the safety of my home, and I enter the big, bad world - I open myself up to the people, sights and sounds all around me. Inanimate objects will catch my eye. A look on a person's face may extract an actual greeting or smile from me. It all just depends.

On that rare occassion you meet what I would call a "Kindred Spirit." That person that you connect with instantly and feel a true kinship with. It's rare, but when it happens - you know your life is about to change.

I can think of a handful of times I have met such interesting creatures. It's not often. But truly, it turns my thinking around. Perhaps these people are deep thinkers, or have some time of "psychic ability" they are not aware of. I don't know.. I am being a little silly now and going off the deep end. But do you guys know what I am talking about?

I can definitely say that the man I share my life with is DEFINITELY one of these people. It is sooo refreshing being married to a man who is such a deep, emotional thinker. Sometimes it is a little jarring - but for the most part, I like it. I have always been attracted to passion. I am not talking about sexual passion (though that is just fine also..) I am talking about someone who is clearly soaking up life.

Since I throw the word Kindred Spirits around like using the word and, like and how.. I thought I would actually try to find out what it actually means.

The idiom definition says: A kindred spirit is someone who feels and thinks the way you do. Sure.. but.. not always. I am totally "attracted" (again.. not sexual) to people who think a completely different way. What does that mean??

I decided to do a Google Image Search on an artist's interpretation of a Kindred Spirit. Here are a few examples:

Both very interesting.. but still, not telling me a whole lot.

It kind of takes me back to that old question people pose from time to time: If you could invite any 5 people in the world, dead or alive, who would you invite to dinner?

I always answered: Jesus, Moses, Muhammed, The Dalai Lama, and Ghandi.
Yes, the deep spiritual thinkers. I wonder where the conversation would lead?

Would Muhammed argue with Jesus about whether or not he was the son of God? Would Ghandi and the Dalai Lama try to keep the peace and teach the others how to meditate? Would Moses scratch his head and wonder how all of these factions came about after he left the world??

And why are all of my thinkers men? It just hit me, I would be the only girl. There are amazing women out there also - let me think... I would then invite the Blessed Mother, Mary, then her friend Mary Magdaline (sp), Joan of Arc, Sarah (Abraham's wife), Helen Keller, and Amelia Earhart. There - that would make an excellent table of 10 plus 1!

I could list even more people I would LOOOVE to chat with.. WB Yeats was quite a character, as well as Oscar Wilde. I would love to ask William Shakespeare a question or two. Henry VIII, Marie Antoinette, Jane Austen, William Faulkner, Albert Einstein, Emily Dickinson, Flannery O'Conner, JFK, Jr (just to flirt with), and so many more.

We could get ancient also - how about a table with Nietzsche, Plato, Socrates... bring it down to Jung, Freud... Mozart.. etc. etc.

There are soooo many fascinating people, I would not even know where to begin.. and where to cut the guest list down??

But when I read about these people, I am mesmorized.
Then in my day-to-day life, ever so often... again.. I meet amazing people.
They may never be famous, or invent something, or change philosophical thought.. but they have that certain spark that makes you want to know more.

I hope more people like that cross my path.

Perhaps, I can be that for someone too!


Anonymous said...

I could never pick just five people. I'd need to have a whole huge dinner party to get all the people I'd want to have dinner with, dead or alive.

Nicole said...

Cassandra - I would LOVE to see your list! I bet it would be interesting!

Tori Cooper said...

Beautiful post! I know what you mean about passion for life and meeting kindred spirits... it's not very common for me to meet someone that connects like that... the older I get, the more I meet people that have a kindred spirit. My husband is also one to me just like your husband is to you! Thank you for this post! I loved it! :-D


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