I went for a run this morning, I’m in Glasgow. I came out of some woods and into a clearing and there it was, a deer – still, alert, beautiful. We had a moment together, me in awe, both curious. I found myself smiling, peaceful, feeling lucky that this wild creature and I had the chance to share a fleeting moment together. Just a few seconds later, we might not have entered each other’s worlds. Serendipity – what a joy.
So different, living in such different worlds. The deer, I expect was going about its daily business, free to roam, mingle with who it wants near or far. With me of course it was the latter, we kept our ‘social distance’!
Gratitude they say is one excellent way to boost our spirits. I thank my lucky stars that I can go out, that I can run, that there are parks in my neighbourhood. I was delighted that it actually wasn’t raining (!), that the few people I saw were friendly and that the wildlife is not on lockdown.
I’ve now discovered that for Native Americans the Deer represents Gentleness. The deer is a reminder that we cannot force change but we can apply gentleness to our thoughts and interactions, impacting on how we and others feel, our outlook, our well-being.
Next time you’re feeling low, out of sorts, anxious, how might thinking, writing or drawing a list of gratitude make it better? How might doing something to be kind to yourself or your loved ones help you all, in a gentle way?
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