(Start your read here … Episode 1 ~ I Was Going to Write About Trees)

Hawk Quickly Became Lost in the Weeds and Doubted Her Wings

Although I meant to follow Andy’s advice and write something fun, I quickly became lost in the weeds. After wandering around for weeks…or was it months?…as the trail of my life became more and more faint, I pulled to a stop and just sat. I could not see the path forward. Sadness overwhelmed me. A dark cloud gathered above me. Big, cold raindrops splattered down, soaking me through and causing me to shiver. I had dropped into a funk. Right as I was about to slide off my donkey, however, and go back to my old way of being, Deer wandered by. Not deer-the-animal, but Deer-the-Energy that guides all deer and animates them with their special qualities.

“Excuse me, I don’t mean to interrupt,” I said to the tawny, red doe who sauntered through the weedy field of my life, “but, do you know the way out of here?”

The doe lifted her head and regarded me with kind eyes. “Have you lost the trail, Seeker?”

“I have. And I want to give up looking for it.”

“Yes, you do look ready to give up.” The kindness coming from Deer’s eyes intensified and wrapped around me like a warm blanket. I relaxed my grip on my donkey’s mane and allowed Deer’s love to warm me up. “Life can be confusing when you’re constantly trying to break your own trail, Seeker. There are so many lovely flowers along the way to nibble…so many succulent leaves to sample. It’s a simple thing to become distracted when the path is truly just a whisper calling you forward.” Deer cocked her head to the left, listening intently out of her right ear. Her brow furrowed and she cocked her head to the right to give her left ear a go. “Have you lost the sound of the whisper, Seeker?”

“I believe so.”

Deer’s eyes shot open wide. “I believe I’ve picked up the signal. Would you care to follow me?”

I sat up straighter on my donkey. “Yes! I mean, ‘yes, please, I’d be grateful for your assistance’.”

A gentle smile played over Deer’s lips. “Follow me, Seeker, follow me. But, remember…no time spent nibbling lovely flowers is ever time wasted.”

Deer turned from me and stepped forward, parting the succulent weeds to reveal a faint, earthen path. I nudged my donkey gently in the ribs and we lurched forward.

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Linda Gribko is an author, artist, and photographer living in Morgantown, West Virginia. She's known for her wildflower photography and the mandalas that she creates from her nature photos. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016. It's the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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