Scratchings of the heart and mind
A while back, while hiking on the local trails in the mountains, I stopped to chat with someone who shared a quote with me he'd once read from a fortune cookie.
I bellowed with laughter at the idea of something substantial coming from a fortune cookie, but what I hadn't realized is how that quote would change my perspective on the world by shaping the cerebral geography within my mind.
"There is nothing you can do about the wind; you can merely adjust the sails."
In one of nature's most authentic documentaries, when you lay upon the Earth and look upon the mass of sky, you'll witness birds riding upon the current of the winds. In these moments they are not fighting the wind, they are going with it; they are adjusting their sails - their feathered wings - to rise above and soar and flow.
In the Native American culture, feathers are ubiquitous and symbolize power, honor, trust, freedom, respect and strength. They were given as a sign of honor and respect by the chief to those who had succeeded in personal achievements or who had done something heroic or brave for the benefit of the tribe. (The feathers of the Bald and Gold Eagles are the most respected given their relationship and connection to the heavens and their ability to fly at great heights.)
The wind is always going to blow; people will continue to be who they are and behave in the way they do; tragedies and life will continue to happen with fragility, sadness, heartbreak and misunderstanding, but it is our relationship to ourselves, the adjusting of the sails, that will help us to move through life's unfolding with more ease... to be that floating ride... that feather upon the breeze.
The feather can symbolize all these things and, like the Native American culture, can serve as reminder to oneself - and to others - to live a life with integrity.
Feel it... then flow.
A warrior in training. Traveler, author/writer, poet, photographer & designer. A mother to three warrior girls who are the mirrors to mastery.