This morning I was out walking when I saw a feather moving strangely along the path
An ant was carrying the feather aloft and making astonishingly fast progress
In comparison to the tiny ant, the feather looked large and unwieldy, difficult to carry
Yet it was not, the ant was perfectly capable of carrying the feather, because it was light
We carry so much and do so much in a day that if we were to break down the complexities of our lives and how we carry them we would amaze ourselves. All those inputs, outputs, data, relationships, interconnectedness, tasks, body movements, memories, emotions, and thoughts. Eating, hearing, talking, tasting, smelling, feeling, responding.
All that doing and being
Yet we carry it all relatively easily and never stop to think we are miracles of nature.
We are ants carrying feathers. This tiny slice of an ant’s life was a reminder that even when things look messy and complex and I sigh at the thought of tackling some problem – my capacity as a human being to do so much, feel so deeply and think in a complex manner mean that there is not much that is outside the realm of my ability to deal with it.