For the past few weeks, I have found myself wandering down to the banks of our natural pond. I could sit there for hours, this time of year. The mosquitoes have departed, with the humidity, leaving nothing but a cool breeze, crisp air and the magical aroma of Autumn.
This past weekend was probably our last 70 degree day, for the season, here in Michigan. I wanted to spend as much time outside as possible. There was so much to still do to prepare the farm and gardens for Winter, but those things could wait for just a few more days. The warmth and sunshine would depart all too soon.
As I was sitting at the pond’s edge, observing frogs hopping in and out of the water, turtle heads popping up here and there, and snails sunbathing, on freshly fallen leaves, I noticed an energy at my feet. Dragonflies! I have been chasing dragonflies for the past month, unable to capture a great shot of these speedy little fairies. Yet, at the edge of the pond were numerous dragonflies enjoying their courtship flight. Unfortunately, I only had my general lens with me, so I did the best I could.
I almost felt like I should not be watching! I decided very quickly that these amazing acrobats must be a part of Cirque de Soleil, for their tandem linkage was most impressive!
I so badly wanted to go back to the house for my other lens, but I was mesmerized and intrigued by these beautiful creatures and their mating rituals. How could I go from hunting dragon flies daily, with no luck, to a dozen of them at my feet?
As I sat on the bank of our pond, I began to contemplate the Dragonfly’s message as a spirit animal: to awaken passion, to renew magic and mystery, to recharge physical energy and to embrace a transformation. Then, I thought of my dear friend Julia and the simple gift she gave to me, during one of our conversations…the magical word “Flourish”. And once again, she was exactly right.♥
Although I have had a few bumps in the road this year, my life has truly started to flourish. Three years ago, I closed the door to my career of 20+ years in education. I now had a clean slate. I had time to follow my passions and make my dreams come true…I had time to GROW. I have felt an awakening over the past few months. An energy that fills me with excitement. I remind myself not to look back and never look too far forward…just live in the now.
At that very moment, as these beautiful thoughts floated inside my head, I glanced down to the water’s edge…
There, on the water’s surface, was the most stunning dragonfly and in the perfect range for my camera’s lens…
I learned so much that day, by the pond’s edge. Remember to live in the moment…witness the tiny miracles…and trust in your journey.
Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…