The Tiny Guardian

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The little skipper butterflies would seem to be the most benevolent creatures in the Appalachian Mountains.  They have no claws, no stinger and their mouths are nothing more than tubes to sip nectar through.  But over the past few days I’ve noticed that one has taken up residence on my porch.  He’s claimed everything within a few feet to be his and his alone. And he defends his claim fearlessly! It started when I noticed him perched on one of the posts and that he seemed to continue to return to the same spot several times per day.  Then I noticed a large Tiger Swallowtail interested in the primrose growing up near my carport.  The little skipper sprung into action and few a sortie around the primrose battering the Swallowtail with its wings. The Swallowtail is much larger but the agile little skipper kept up his relentless pursuit into forest and soon returned victorious. Then another skipper made its approach to the treasured flower and was also quickly vanquished. The little guy even executed successful counterattacks on paper wasps and mud daubers throughout the day. He’s quite the warrior! And the I spotted another skipper leisurely feeding on the primrose. The first skipper didn’t seem to mind and actually joined the second on the flowers.  It was at that point I realized what was going on.  He was guarding that food source for her. This was his mate. For the rest of the day they shared the nectar and occasionally the post that functioned as his command center.  I’m certain that she’s going to lay her eggs on the hog peanut vine that I discovered a while back and ensure that I have a plentiful supply of tiny little skipper butterflies in the future.  They say that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.  The little skipper butterfly reminded me of that today when he took on two nests of wasps and won even though he’s seemingly unarmed.

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The Lesson Of The Fallen

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In the eye of a woodturner the beauty of a twisted and knarled piece of wood isn’t something he creates himself. Instead it’s something God created but he releases from its cocoon. It’s also that such beauty isn’t formed without hardship. The giant tree which I first assumed to be a oak (simply because I didn’t actually check ) turned out an elm. The large misshapen root had to have been a trunk that was laid down by a flood and resprouted. Eventually the trunk became a root and fed the new stem until it was able to touch the sky.

Image Titled “The Fallen 71420b” showing opposite side of the Fallen Elm.

But in 2016 a historic flood swept over the park and topped the ancient elm’s second attempt to live the life it was intended to have. When I found the tree a few years ago I mourned a little on it’s behalf. It was winter and tree was bare of leaves. I thought that surely it was gone and I even wondered who to speak with that would allow me to harvest some of the wood. But I was wrong. The giant elm tree was not dead. In fact it was very much alive and fighting to touch the sky once more.

mage Titled “The Fallen 71420c” looks back towards the stump.

I walked out to what was once the top of the tree only to find that it was now the bottom. The impact of the fall had driven some of the branches into the soft, fertile ground. And branches that survived were in the process of becoming roots. The entire length of the tree was sprouting new trunks. What was once a majestic single tree was becoming a majestic forest of its own. Simply because it invested what little bit of life it had left and started over for the second time. In time some of new trunks will prune themselves for the benefit of the whole but there will be life. I will check back from time to time and monitor it’s progress and maybe 30 years form now I’ll stand beneath the grove and remember the value of never surrendering to circumstance.

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Being Sunshine

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Because you smiled my day got better.

Because you spoke I was encouraged.

Because you acted my life improved.

Because you cared I learned my value.

It’s the light inside you that warms the world around you.

The value of good will should never be discounted in any life. When you read the short poem above what did you picture in your mind? I’m guessing that most people had the image of a young couple. Perhaps on a special day. Or was it an older couple in their twilight years when every minute counts and the need to express love and adoration for each other while they’re still together is prominent. But what if these words were spoken to a pastor who’d spent his life serving a congregation. Let’s add one more perspective. How about we say these words to a neighbor who was always there when the chips were down? What if we become that neighbor. You see, there are many types of love. But the actions are simple. It’s that opportunity to show that person that they’re accepted and that they belong that makes a difference in their life.

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Disruption Precedes Regeneration

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The floods came and the river raged. The huge maple tree withstand the force of the water because it’s roots were strong but it’s trunk was hammered with debris. When the storm finally broke and the Kanawha River returned to her banks ut was revealed that the tree had lost a branch. The clouds parted and the sun caressed the wounded tree until the first bud formed. The new leaves opened to receive the healing light needed for the branch to regenerate.

The world is full of disparaging news and we have suffered a loss but the storms don’t last forever. Eventually the flood recedes, the sun shines and healing begins. The new branches won’t look like the old ones because they’ll grow to need the needs of the moment but they will come back.

I want to close tonight’s post by asking you to be of good cheer and have faith. Our roots are strong enough to keep us grounded and when the sun shines we will regenerate. Disruption precedes regeneration! 💪

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Things A Little Bird Told Me #3

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During a break in the rainy day I decided to step out for a bit of fresh air. The little minstrel that visited me at lunch flew out of the forest and landed on a Multiflora Rose on the edge of the property. He had been singing his little heart out all morning and once more it was time to pay the piper. Today however, I was not caught without a crust of bread and presented my offering in return for his song. The mockingbird flew to roost with his meal and soon returned. Now, you may not know this but when birds aren’t singing they’re listening. And because they fly all over the lands they hear a lot and pick up on a lot of wisdom. The mockingbird looked me over and then I clearly heard him say “Thank you” in the voice of one of my teachers from many years ago. He must have noticed the shocked look on my face because he grinned and noted that he was a mockingbird and the imitation was no challenge at all. I’m sure that I was still blinking when I replied “You’re welcome.”

“Well then”, the mockingbird continued, “because that was such a fine crust of bread I’ll share with you one of the treasures that I’ve learned in my journeys flying to and fro and listing to the best teachers in the land. I leaned in closer as he spoke.

“You’ll never achieve a goal that you don’t believe in.” He said. “To have a dream is one thing but to believe in that enough to take action is another thing. If you believe that something is impossible then you won’t give a full effort and you’ll give up before you succeed.” Then he paused for dramatic effect. “Failure begins with a lack of faith in yourself. You’ll always have what you believe in. If you believe in success you’ll find a way to make it but if you believe in failure then that’s what you’ll create.” Then in typical little bird fashion he spread his wings and took off.

And so I took to heart what the little bird told me and as I looked back at my own life I saw times when his words rang true. And even though certain goals are genuinely out of reach most if the ones that I’ve missed I missed because I gave up too early in my efforts. Likewise, the things that I actually achieved I achieved simply because I knew that there had to have at to make it happen and I kept making small adjustments until they did.

I hope that you are encouraged by the things that the little bird told me. If so then let me know in the comments! 😊

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