it’s all about the walk

saturday sunrisethis morning, walking the inlet, up popped Heron. . . .the little one. . . .then seconds later, the big one. . . . . . good morning friends. . . . . .”Good Morning Miss,” comes from a voice, diagonally behind me. . . . . .i tried not to notice him, before, in my peripheral range, focusing on my mission. . . . . . .”Did you see the Heron?”, i asked. . . . . .certainly, this gentleman had seen better days. . . . .maybe in his late 40’s. . . .maybe, even my age. . . . doesn’t look like he slept much last night. . . or has bathed, lately. . . . yet, all i can see is the little boy, in his blurry, blue eyes. . . . . “I burnt my finger”, he beseeches me, holding it up for inspection. . . . . “You should go put it in the water,” i tell him. . . . .screaming at myself, inside my head. . . .don’t do it. . . don’t help him. . . .walk away, damn it. . . .remember you are walking, not out saving the world, miss Quixote. . .you know the only ass you can save is your own. . . . move along, move along. . . . .knowing i can not risk lingering. . . or he will attach to me. . . . this mirror. . . this man. . . this miracle. . . go, feet, don’t fail me now. . . . . .leaving him with a smile and a tear, the rest of my walk was spent in prayer. . . . . . i so wanted to sit next to him and ask him what happened

at least two heron live across the street from me. . . . . i love watching them, especially at low tide. . . . .wish i could fish like that. . . wish i could fly like that. . . . in Animal Speak, Ted Andrews tells us heron is the loner (figures). . . .(pg 156)
Legs enable animals and people to move about on earth. They are symbols of balance, and they represent an ability to progress and evolve. Also the longer the legs, the deeper life can be explored. The long thin legs of the heron reflect that you don’t need great massive pillars to remain stable, but, you must be able to stand on your own. This is especially significant for those with a totem of the great blue heron, as it is a lone hunter.
When it feeds, it stands in the water, reflecting a connection to the earth – while implying the exploration of other dimensions on the earth (water element). It is important for anyone with a heron totem to explore various activities and dimensions of earth life. On the surface, this may seem a form of dabbling, but those with heron totems are wonderfully successful at being the traditional “jack of all trades.”
This ability enables them to follow their own path. Most people will never be able to live the way heron people do. It is not a structured way, and does not seem to have a stability and security to it. It is, though, just a matter of perspective. There is security in heron medicine, for it gives the ability to do a variety of tasks. If one way doesn’t work, then another will. This heron people seem to inherently know.
Heron do not seem to need a lot of people in their life, nor do they feel pressure to “keep up with the Joneses” or be traditional in their life roles. The only time they gather in colonies is during the breeding season. They stand out in their uniqueness, and they know how to snatch and take advantage of things and events that the average person would not even bother with.
* * well, if you know me, then you know, that about sums it up

~ by francleablunt on October 13, 2009.

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