One afternoon, I watched this heron stand completely motionless, quietly awaiting any movement that signaled food. The day was warm and sunny, perfect weather for hunting for lunch.
Day after day, nothing deters the heron from the hunt...not the relentless winter rains, brutal winds, oppressive heat, or bitter cold. His very survival depends upon his ability to withstand all types of weather. I admire his resilience.
As I continued walking, I began thinking about our resilience as humans. I was reminded of something I recently witnessed at my favorite wildlife refuge.
I encountered a mother and her two young children wandering along the path. The older child began to run, then he tripped and fell. As his mother comforted him, his crying soon stopped and he was up and moving again. I was amazed at how quickly he recovered from his accident.
We humans experience all kinds of trials and trauma over our lifetime, yet we pick ourselves up and continue on. Maybe it’s our innate knowing that we can survive nearly anything, and life goes on.
Resilience…I’m grateful to the heron and the young boy for the reminder of this amazing quality we share with all beings on our beloved planet.
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