Change: The Slug and the Lizards

For those facing change . . .


There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse!  As I have often found in travelling in a stagecoach, that it is often a comfort to shift one’s position, and be bruised in a new place.  ~Washington Irving


It is fitting that I am sitting in my dining room tapping away at the computer, working on various things and still blessed to be connecting with nature.

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I came downstairs yesterday having just awakened and saw something moving so slowly across my carpet. Upon closer inspection I saw a slug–at least I thought it was a slug. You decide. I watched its slow progress for a bit, lifted it gently up in some tissue paper, and set it free. It’s probably living another day to conquer someone’s tomatoes as I type.

That very afternoon I noticed that a green lizard was living his/her life like it was golden in a little triangle of an ecosystem by my door of earth filled with some shrubs. It’s also the spot where plenty of water drains when it rains. The next day I saw a few lizards out in the sun near my little safari. The lizards were also moving at such an incredible speed.

As many changes creep up on me like the slug and whiz by like the lizards, I continue to do my best to embrace all aspects of life. Slow motion and fast forward–the bumps and bruises have been time well spent, and lessons learned.

Photos by Dianne Glave