When an animal catches your attention, it's always interesting to note what message it may have. Today, a cardinal flew across the path our dog Finnegan and I were walking on into some bushes.
I looked it up in "Animal Speak" by Ted Andrews, a trustworthy and recommended guidebook about animal messengers. According to Andrews, Cardinal indicates it's time to renew our vitality. It means developing and standing in a new sense of our own true self-importance.
It certainly was noticeable amongst the otherwise barren trees. I didn't get a picture this time, but it looked a lot like the one above.
Last week on Facebook, I was nominated to participate in the Black and White Photo Challenge, taking a photo per day for 5 days and posting it on my wall. I haven't done much black and white photography and this creative push had me looking at things in a way I hadn't before.
We live in a world of duality and polarity. Light and dark. So often, we praise and celebrate the light and give the dark a bad rap. Yet, in my quest to take compelling photos, I realized how the dark created space for the light to shine. Shadow revealed itself an important component of form, creating depth, dimension and substance - evoking a visceral experience.
Last weekend, I attended a poignant and powerful celebration of life for Randy Boles, husband of my mentor, teacher and friend Lissa Boles, the Soulmapper. Randy was one of the wisest and gentlest souls I've ever encountered and his relationship with Lissa, well, I've never seen a couple as deeply loving and supportive of each other.
I remember details of conversations with Randy. How quick he was to recommend an insightful book he thought would be of particular interest. How he spent hours on the phone guiding me on the detailed logistics of becoming a snowbird. But, mostly, I remember his presence. Conscious, considerate and completely in his heart.
The light of his being has left an indelible mark on me. Only to be felt.
My heart walks with Lissa as she continues on her purposeful path with great courage without "Carlton - the doorman" by her side.
I believe we can rise to our personal and societal challenges by embracing the spirit of adventure and the enduring wisdom of nature.