Every day, red kites and buzzards fly around an old tree stump in my garden, looking to see if there is food for them to take. Often there is: besides (safe) scraps that may be left, death is a fact of life in a wildlife garden, and here a vole or any creature that is found dead is placed upon the stump, respectfully, and given the chance of new life through natural recycling.
Birds of prey are opportunists, seizing the moment as does all of nature whether it is a robin following me looking for worms as I garden or a mouse dashing out for a seed dropped by a passing bird. They make the most of life, knowing as they do that life is risky but that risk, sometimes, is necessary for survival and enjoyment of life. The world of nature is never bored.
Humans can be slow learners. So often we react not initiate, follow not lead, wait to be to be instructed what to do and how to be, assume what we are told is right. Often we are in inertia without knowing it, drugged by the control of societal requirement and technological imperative that drives us to have and to spend and to be, to be told – and sometimes to fear. It is control.
Birds and animals have patterns of behaviour learned over millennia relating to survival and well being, but they are never controlled except, ironically, by humans.
We are told so often to seize the moment, Carpe Diem, but how often do we do so? This is the time of all times when we need to be alert and clear about life, our life and what to do about it, to know what is important and to focus upon the people and priorities that mean the most to us. The swirling clouds of change and challenge so dense right now can be disorientating and confusing, and separating truth from fiction can be hard.
Wherever we look the siren voices of negativity are shouting loudly, and whatever happens each day as a result of the pandemic and its panicky aftermath is decried as a disaster by pundits and critics: it is seldom acknowledged that most political servants are reacting to a unique and unknown situation and doing their best albeit often imperfectly, learning by experience like you and me. Look, always, for the truth beneath the illusion, be kind and be fair, and see where responsibility truly lies.
It is up to each of us to seize the day, each day, despite or because of the challenges around us. As we move to our new spiritual destiny on Earth, we will, every one and all of us, be confronted by issues relating to what is most important for our learning and growth, reminders and opportunities even if some of the messages are about fear and risk and loss.
Just as the kite and the vole every day, every moment, love life and confront death, we too can accept that life is uncertain but very wonderful. Our life is up to us, no one else. Carpe Diem.