Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Life Lesson From The Critters

Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you.  Native American Proverb

Yesterday I sat outside on my patio communicating with the birds as I often do. Neither of us knows what the other is saying, but I think we both enjoy the conversations anyway. Then I noticed other critters enjoying the yard. A couple of squirrels looking for food, several lizards scrambling up and down the bushes, and spiders busy inspecting their webs. Usually the cats are quite interested in this daily circus, but right then they were more interested in their morning naps. So I just enjoyed the show. And I smiled at how all of these critters seem to know what they're doing, and unconcerned about how they do it or worried about the outcome. I think we humans could take a lesson from them.

Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds.  Will Rogers 

     The Critters
When the rain has come and gone, and earth smells clean again,
I watch the critters creeping out, new journeys to begin.
A spider weaving in and out. A baby lizard sleek and green.
A squirrel to check on friends, and an earthworm joins the scene.

They have no thought of what's ahead, or plans for what they'll do.
They just enjoy the moment now to start their day anew.
Do you think they have a knowing we wish more clear to us?
That God has made their way for them, without the need to fuss?

Perhaps we need a lesson
From those we often see,
Who have a greater faith
Than folks like you and me.

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.  Chinese Proverb

What is your song? How do you live your life? Is it your habit to worry and fret, or do you know that most of the time everything turns out okay? And when it doesn't, you have the wisdom and strength to cope and get through it? You've probably been through a lot in your life, but you still face each day with the power to choose. Let's turn our worrying and fretting into just being and singing our own special song of who we are. Watch the critters, and they'll show you how to do that.

I wish you critters in your life.


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