Daily Tasks & A Lesson From A Butterfly

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The sweet scent of the wildflowers drifts in the humid air. The ever present songbirds call from hidden perches in the thick canopy. I stood there enjoying the blessings of life in Appalachia as the pipevine Swallowtail sailed in on the breeze. And deftly lit on the buds of the Joe Pye Weed. Her world is one of a constant struggle for survival and yet she carries peaceful contentment on her wings. I have to wonder if her secret is that she only concerns herself with the task at hand. When it’s time to evade the bird she dips and flips and the bird is confounded. When she’s hungry she feeds on one bloom at a time and when she’s done she dances in the wind. She has all the tasks that are common to life on planet earth but she doesn’t try to do them all at once. She simply takes care of them as the need arises and when they’re complete she leaves that task done.

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Mental Vacation, March 2nd 2020

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As I sit at my desk and look out of the window the rain seems to melt the outside world.

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With my natural view obscured by the gray veil outside my window I don my headphones and call up the sounds of warm summer day. I comfortably close my eyes in reminiscence of a sunny Sumer day. I can hear a bluebird in the soundtrack and my imagination builds him in detail. I can see the white highlights in his feathers and the dark fringes on his wings and tail feathers. His ruddy Brest puffs out and he resembles a little ball of fluff just before he releases his song into the breeze. I find myself taking a deep breath and I can smell the fresh cut grass mingled with the water mint in the creek. I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face and the grass tickles my bare feet. Movement on the edge of my field of vision catches my attention as the tiger stripe Swallowtails engage in aerobatics during a game of tag. The yellow male matches the black female as she dives and loops. She finds a thermal updraft and climbs high. At the apex of her climb she seems to be suspended weightless and rolls to one side as she dives for the vegetation. It looks as though she gave her pursuer the slip but he was ready. He had anticipated her maneuver and pulled up short allowing him to intercept her from below. He thinks that he’s won but this is her game and it’s not over until she says so. The two butterflies continue to circle each other in the air until they disappear into the forest.

The soundtrack in my earbuds ends at about the same time as my mental image allows the butterflies to slip away until the next time I need a break from the gray world of winter and I open my eyes. The work in front of me must be completed so I go back to the task… And yet, I could swear that the smell of fresh cut grass and mint still lingered in the air.

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Life In The Shadows

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The daylight hours are fairly short this time of year. Mornings will come late and evenings are early in the shadow of Little Elk Mountain. But as I gaze out of the my dinning room window the sun breaks over the ridge and breathes beauty into the little sweet gum tree that popped up in the middle of a stand of Rose Of Sharon bushes. The bright yellow leaves gave been saving the sunshine all year in expectations of short days. It’s when the days are dark that we have to shine our brightest and be the light for someone else.

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Beauty Lingers

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Gently resting in the soft purple flowers the monarch butterfly slowly opens its wings and folds them up again. The steady rhythm is mesmerizing. As I continued to watch I found myself berating in time with the wings. With each pump of wings the day’s stress and negativity just drain away. Science tells us that the reason why a butterfly does this while feeding is because it’s wing muscles are connected to it’s feeding muscles. The reason why we find this so calming is because we’re just as much a part of creation as it is. When we are out in the natural world we instinctively sync up with natural rhythems. Not in some oogie-boogie way but in the same way that water knows it’s course to the sea. If you’re in tune with yourself you’ll notice that when there’s a soft breeze that your heart rate drops a little. When the sun shines we smile more. When wildlife approaches we become still. We might have to be taught how to react but we know that something special is happening.

The Monarch lingers on the bloom long enough for my spirit to completely settle and leave the artificial world of computers behind.

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Community Is Important.

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The geese glide effortlessly across the lake in perfect unison. They seem to do everything together. If one breaks from the group the others soon turn to follow. They are a community and as such are always more successful together. Occasionally we’ll see one or even a pair that are kinda doing their own thing but that’s only temporary. They will soon rejoin the group.

A friend recently posted something to social media that reminded me of the story of Ishi. Ishi in his time was thought to be the last Yahi Indian. His story is tragic and he was a survivor of multiple genocide attacks in the mid 1800s. His remaining family had either died out or disappeared and he was left alone in the wilderness. Ishi wasn’t even his real name but his culture required that he couldn’t speak his own name until another Yahi introduced him formally. He was so alone that he lost his name. The word ishi was his native language for man and would have been used in the same way we would say “human male”. Ishi was very knowledgeable in the old ways. He had lived several years on his own in the wilderness. The years without his community nearly destroyed him. When he joined the modern world he was near death from malnutrition. Ishi only lived a few years in modern society due to an immune systems that was totally unprepared for European disease but if it hadn’t been for that we could have said that his health would have improved. He ate well and it was said that he genuinely enjoyed teaching others the ways of his people. In fact, it’s because of Ishi that we have traditional archery in the United States. During his medical crisis Ishi became friends with his doctor. Namely, Saxon Pope and Pope was “The father of modern archery” in the United States.

I have told the greatly abridged version of the story to make the point that the man who shared the knowledge of primitive survival with the modern world nearly starved to death without his community.

As humans, we may not enjoy the perfect unison that the swimming the geese do but our dependence on our community is just as important to health as clean air and water. No matter how skilled or strong a person is they need a community to support them and appreciate them for their contributions.

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A Life That Works

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The ant is a symbol of strength, work ethics and community. The parable of the Grasshopper and the ant teaches us to work hard and always put something aside for hard times. (Side note, in the original version the Grasshopper dies. It’s my understanding that the lesson is no longer taught that way. Which is sad because the other side of the lesson was that if you don’t take responsibility for your own life nobody else will. But, I digress. ) When I was a kid I marveled at how the ant could work so tirelessly. Cutting leaves and collecting food for long hours. Digging endless tunnels and closing them up again with machine like resilience. As a young man I could hold my own but after a while enthusiasm becomes, well, depleted. I had the energy to work for 12 or even 16 hours per day and still have a little fun before going to bed and doing it all over again but there was no joy in my labor. I began to worry about becoming lazy and falling to fate of the Grasshopper. It wasn’t until I started to gain the perspective of experience that I figured out the ant’s secret. The ant wasn’t just working. It was living it’s purpose. It’s work was far more than just labor. It was an expression of joy. All of that cutting, lifting and digging was an avenue of pleasure. The ant was custom made for the life it lives.

We as humans have a more complex system than that of the ants but the principal of finding and living in your purpose is the same. We might not all be able to earn a living at that purpose but being able to devote a certain portion of the day doing whatever it is that makes you feel like the best version of yourself will help to elevate your overall life experience. It’s the difference between a working life and a life that works.

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Quiet Reflections

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The Greeks had a saying that “In wine there is truth, in water there is health. ” I have always understood that the first half of the proverb related to how one who has indulged himself with a bit too much grape loses inhibition and blurts out whatever he’s thinking. The fullness of the proverb’s meaning impacted my mind when a college roommate stumbled in after a night on the town. He weaved and bobbed his way to the bed and fell into it face first. As the alcohol took away his sense of equilibrium he slowly rolled over and said “Stop the world. I want to get off.” Of course he was creatively referring to the room spinning but his expression kinda stuck with me all these years.

The pace that we keep in the modern world is definitely a dizzying experience. The pattern that I’ve noticed is that we binge on experience. We work long hours and come home to eat, watch T.V. and surf the web. Even when we get a chance to stop and catch a breath, relaxation is done with a counterproductive sense of urgency. It’s like we have never left the rat race at all.

The fishing pier in tonight’s feature image is set in the exact same place where I used to go and just sit by the water. I typically had a Zebco 33 rod and reel with an artificial bait. I didn’t really care if I caught any fish because the gear was just an excuse to be there and watch the water. It was my way of stopping the outside world and exiting the pace for a little while. More often than not I wound up playing with the local bluegills by allowing them to chase the lure all the way to shore. The simplicity of the action allowed me to be distracted just enough to allow deeper thoughts to come to the surface. I could have a conversation with God instead of reciting a wish list and calling it a prayer. It was a way to hit the reset button in my mind and clear all the programs that had locked up in mid process.

Today I don’t really do is much fishing as I do just setting by the water and listening to the birds or watching the butterflies play in breeze. The important thing is to sequester myself away from the pace of the outside world and recharge my batteries.

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