One of my most important life lessons is recognizing the times when I just have to get out of my own way. I can get in the middle of something and it becomes so much me-driven that everything else gets tangled and jangled up – and ends up with not much of anything making sense. Especially in these mis-stepping times, it is best to remember the gift of being led.
Recently after a hard conversation, I was in one of those dark places where my heart was rushing, and I was righteously right…and fuming. The situation had gotten to the place where the most important thing was that I was right.[Editor’s note: What is the good of being right when you end up feeling miserable?] Grace found me. I went outside for a walk. It didn’t take long before love happened, and I was being led.
Anger-walking I was consumed by the situation and oblivious to the world around me until…until two little birds flew in, landed and started walking right in front of me. Their legs were short, and they were very slow walkers. I was forced to break my angry-stride and slow down. The truth is that I stopped. I don’t know birds very well (it’s on my list). I think they were finches, but are finches neongreen? These two were. The three of us stood there for several seconds. Then my two companions flew up in a nearby tree and started singing. Well, even with a nearly leafless tree, it took me a minute to find them. I had to listen really hard and focus and sure enough after a bit, there they were - singing away. I remember being surprised at how big their songs were for as little as their bodies were. And THEN I realized the shift.
These two creatures had swooped in and moved me from one emotional place to another. All it took was my stopping, changing my focus and paying attention for something new.
Guides come in all shapes and sizes. Humans can be good ones, but often animals are better. Animals have a way of loving us without any words getting in the way. Left foot, right foot. Stopping. Listening. Paying attention. Being led away from, being led toward. Trusting in what is next, what is not yet will bring a new perspective, will bring life.