Come What May

I awoke to May raindrops falling outside my window and Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman singing in my head: “Come what may / Come what may / I will love you / Until my dying day.” I’m a sucker for a love story, and their song comes from one of my favorites, Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!

But I was stuck on the words of the title “Come What May.” Maybe because May is here. Maybe because I’m entering a transitional time and have no idea what may come. Did you know the phrase comes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth? In medieval Scotland, the three witches have just told Macbeth that he will become king. Macbeth can hardly believe the news because Scotland has a king, and Macbeth isn’t in direct line to the throne. He says, “Come what come may / Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.” He means whatever will come will come. Enter Lady Macbeth. She convinces him to murder the king.

And so this May. I will try to just be. Be present. Be myself. Be patient and kind. I won’t try to manipulate fate like Macbeth did. Instead, I’ll trust that everything will be okay come what may.

51 thoughts on “Come What May

  1. Thank you for sharing!!.. I think that knowing what the future may bring takes away the adventure, the joy of getting up each morning and living life.. as Gandhi said “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” (Mahatma Gandhi)… so I wake up every morning with another saying ” Que Sera Sera” and follow my heart!… 🙂

    Until we meet again..

    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    The rains fall soft upon your fields
    May green be the grass you walk on
    May blue be the skies above you
    May pure be the joys that surround you
    May true be the hearts that love you.
    (Irish Saying)

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  2. “My times are in Your hands.” Psalm 31:15a

    As much as I’d like to believe I’m in complete control of my life, the evidence says otherwise.

    God is over all.

    Thanks, Crystal. I jotted down the Shakespeare quote for further contemplation.


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  3. Right. “Come what may” is a testament of humility–and resolve. Like you so beautifully convey, it’s a statement of peaceful contentment. It’s not apathy, nor is it necessarily satisfaction with the current state of affairs, but it is the recognition that …”God is in his heaven and, therefore, all is right with the world.”

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  4. Well Crystal, foregoing anxiety is laudable, and your accomplishments make possible this relaxation.

    Certainly, you take nothing for granted, which has brought you to this point. You’ve done the work, and you’ve made the sacrifices. You’ve done your part, and now it’s time to see what the Grand Plan has in mind next.

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    1. I’m always a work in practice, Keith. My mother appeared in the dream of one of my childhood friends a few months back. That was the message of the dream from my mother—Everything will be okay. Then, I was in class yesterday, and we had a guest speaker—Tony Hale from Arrested Development and Veep. That was his message, too. Everything will be okay. #grandplanaffirmation 🤍

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      1. See, Crystal? The similar messages you cite may owe some of their existence to…whatever you want to call it – Fate, Chance, Destiny, but nether would’ve been recognized had your soul not been receptive.

        In other words. there’s a Grand Plan for all of us, but it requires our active and interested participation. These things didn’t just happen; you made them happen. Someday, when you get a chance to thank your mother for her affirmation (in your dream), she likely will smile radiantly and ask, “Oh Crystal, but you called to me, didn’t you? What else is a mother to do?”

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  5. This sounds so peaceful: “I will try to just be. Be present. Be myself. Be patient and kind. I won’t try to manipulate fate like Macbeth did. Instead, I’ll trust that everything will be okay come what may.” I wish you the best during this month as you take it moment by moment. ❤

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    1. I’m sending you a big hug and the best vibes I have. ✨✨✨ Here’s one of my favorites:

      “Let everything happen to you
      Beauty and terror
      Just keep going
      No feeling is final”
      —Rainer Maria Rilke

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      1. 🧘‍♀️🙏🙌 I actually took a moment to let that sink in…. Wow, so true. Puts everything into perspective… ❤️❤️Sending you love too!!!

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