If not NOW – then When?

Each person comes to life at a time when they have something to give the world. [1]

I would amend that to say “Each LIFE comes at a time when it has something to give the world.” Every living thing on Earth is remarkable. Each plant, animal, and human is a unique creation born with a sense of purpose; and all life is valuable. Anyone who’s in tune with nature and our fellow creatures can easily discern differences between one red rose and another blooming beside it or between chickens busily scratching at the dirt looking for earthworms. Even identical twins are not really “identical” and perennials shooting up through the ground aren’t going to grow (or necessarily look) the same as they did the year before. Nature doesn’t “Photoshop”.

With animals, personalities become more of an indicator of the uniqueness of individuals than physical characteristics. For animal caretakers and pet owners this is easy to perceive. If you’ll allow me to digress for a moment, I’ll give you some examples:

In an episode of Animal Planet’s The Zoo, a female King Cobra was being treated for an infection. One of her keepers described her as being a “curious” snake – not something one would normally attribute to a reptile but when you work with INDIVIDUAL animals you begin to see the dis-similarities between them. They become as unique as fingerprints…or snowflakes.

Monikers have been given to the finches and sparrows that feast on the seed scattered in the Concrete Jungle – their personalities are THAT different. One female sparrow will sit on the fence for 5-10 minutes surveying the scene below until finally taking a meandering path through the various potted plants and such to join the others. How do we know it’s the same sparrow? Because it’s always just the one that exhibits that behavior. Then there’s the house finch with red on its head and breast, who goes to town in the bird bath. The only one that does that. Splashes all over everything. Flies off, then comes back for more. Hilarious.

More personally, in spite of the fact that they are both black cats, Ramses is as different from Diego as you can get – both in temperment and in their physical appearance.

So where the Hell am I going with all of this? I had an epiphany recently. An awakening, if you will. Many of us experience these at certain times in our lives. Perhaps some of us never do. I don’t know whether it’s because of the tremendous upheavals happening in the world right now or whether it’s because of the changes going on in my world. It really doesn’t matter, but I’ll bet many of you are feeling restless too. Like a piece of your puzzle is missing.

Our core task and true life journey involve recollecting and remembering parts of ourselves that have been repressed or forgotten. [2]

I’d been seeing myself as who I had been, not who I am today. I’ve changed, yet I haven’t. Let me explain. What’s that saying about God(dess) never giving us more than we can bear? I think she also gives us insight and “aha” moments when we are best able to grasp them. Who I used to be, or rather who I thought I was, doesn’t necessarily equate to who I am today. Sounds wacky, but it proved to be a turning point for me. I started seeing myself as myself again. I felt like I’d gone back to my roots as a child. This is what I wrote in my Book:

I am:
Spinner of Webs
She who runs with moggies
Plant whisperer
Hair Mëtal siren vamp
Queen of Wands
Rock Vixen
Independent Force of Nature

The greatest challenge has always been the risk of becoming ourselves in a world that is trying to turn us into everyone else. [3]

Tomorrow is the Spring Equinox, Ostara, and I’m challenging you to find your true self and set it free. Spend some alone time with yourself. Turn off the TV and shut-down your computer. Ditto your phone, ipod, tablet, etc. Light some candles and take a leisurely bath or go for a walk – sans music. Whatever activity you choose, the objective is to let your thoughts and feelings come and go as they will. Then write down words or phrases that encapsulate who you are. Put this list some place where you can see them every day.

KNOW who you are.
BE who you are.

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[1] Meade, Michael (2018). Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World. Mosaic Multicultural Foundation. p. 74.
[2] Meade, Michael (2018). Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World. Mosaic Multicultural Foundation. p. 120.
[3] Meade, Michael (2018). Awakening the Soul: A Deep Response to a Troubled World. Mosaic Multicultural Foundation. p. 164.


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