Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Geese Flyby

The warm springlike day brought us out of the house earlier today than usual. We decided to drive over to the lake and sit in the sunshine, watching the birds. We were not disappointed. There was dozens and dozens of mallards and puffins diving down and coming up, getting their breakfast. A beautiful blue heron soared over the water, neck craned, wings spread, in search of a fish. He gracefully landed on the shore. Nature was teeming, enjoying the beautiful weather.

As we got ready to leave, I heard a familiar joyful sound. A flock of geese.

Far off, they were heading toward us and we urged them on, hoping they would fly overhead. Instead they took a turn, veering off in a "V" heading north over the woods. "Shouldn't they be heading south?"

I was a little disappointed. There's nothing like the rush of happy geese flying right overhead. You can feel the freedom and expansiveness of their realm. "Oh well, some other time," I thought as I turned to walk back to the car.

Then I heard them honking. They were coming back toward us, flying low. They made a double "V" as they flew by, close enough to see their faces honking onward. We waved and cheered them on, thankful for the blessing.

I got to thinking about the message of the geese. It has to do with writing, like Mother Goose and her nursery rhymes. The goose can aid in communication especially through the use of stories. Its feather for a long time was a writing tool. In Ted Andrews' book, Nature Speak, he explains that the "V" formation is very symbolic. It reflects by its shape an opening to new possibilities. It is like an arrowhead pointing to new ideas. This formation usually indicates were are about to affix ourselves to a new path. Greater vision physical and spiritual will occur.

From what happened this morning with the geese, I could see how a heart's desire seems to be coming our way when suddenly it takes a turn, leaving us disappointed. But when we give it up and let go of our attachment, somehow we find it winging its way right back to us, bigger and better than ever imagined.

My only regret was that I didn't have my camera even though I got a nudge to bring it with me.

May your angels inspire you with new ideas that fed your soul today.

Karen