I have two true stories that inspired this post. Both of them include insects that inspire fear in many.
About a month ago a hornet made it’s way into our kitchen. The whole family was disturbed by this and we of course wanted it out of our house. My boyfriend is a wonderful protector, grabbed a grilling spatula and SPLAT, he got it. However, we were all mortified (Boyfriend included) at the now deceased hornet because we are also very aware that all living beings hold Conciousness. My boyfriend and I are also aware that Buddhists go out of their way not to even harm a fly. I think back to when I lived in Costa Rica and we were infested with fire ants. I definitely went with the,”It’s me or them,” attitude and ensured they left this earth & I still feel bad about it. Those little buggers HURT & I’m not sure they feel bad about biting the crap out of us if we step in their territory... though I can’t be sure. Back to the hornet. The next day I’m walking with my daughter on the trail and a man walks out of the porter potty holding a tissue with a.. you guessed it, a hornet. He looked at and said,”He didn’t look very comfortable in there,” so he saved the hornet and let him fly home. Wow. If that wasn’t a sign.
Yesterday there was a fuzzy little spider with those pinchers crawling up the wall where my daughter plays. I definitely eyed it up. Thought about getting rid of it with some alternative means, but remembered the ants, the hornet, and let it be. This morning I woke up and went to open our patio door.. and what do you know, the little guy was waiting for the door to open! I scooped him onto a piece of paper and assured he was placed in the safety of the outdoors. It’s funny. We have a way if forcing solutions when solutions often just happen. May not be in our timing, but maybe, just maybe, if we were calmer in the face of danger, it would simply pass. Thoughts?