In my coffee time, I noticed a squirrel in the tree. I was entertained by the way it moved and jumped without much thought from one branch to another.
I found myself holding my breath at one point when the squirrel stretched to the very end of a thin, vine-like branch. Just when I thought it could stretch no further without the branch breaking, a further stretch happened. I managed to get some of it on video and capture a few pictures.
As the squirrel sensed my attempt to get closer, a quick glance in my direction and it bounced off and away.
I sat pondering for awhile after this.
What was so desirable that the squirrel would literally hang upside down and risk falling a great distance (the branch stretched out over a ravine below)?
Further examination of the tree, I discovered the rain from the night before had prompted the ‘blooming’ of a seed.
The desire was to eat this fresh fruit of the tree and the desire and/or need was so strong that it put its life in peril. Or at least that was my evaluation.
What made this creature so brave? Was the passion so strong or was the squirrel just plain nuts?
Some days I feel like that squirrel. I get so passionate about something that I am ready to conquer everything. Take on any giants. There are onlookers right now that are asking the question about what I am doing “at my age”.
But you see I am like that squirrel in that I have some things I am passionate about doing and I will stretch and even go beyond the stretch to the point of what others might think of as peril.
“At my age” yes I want to keep exploring. I want to go deeper. I want to flourish and thrive. I want to continue to make a difference in life – however long that is.
Jill Weatherhead is a Certified Flourishing Life and Wellness Coach with other certifications as well. Author of 90 Days to Spark Your Beauty.
She is married to Dr. Norm, and they have two grown sons who are married, plus 5 grandchildren and a grand puppy.
Jill is on a mission to help redefine beauty and to spark the beauty she knows is in everyone. Her outreach is specifically to women struggling with the question “When is it my turn?”, “Am I invisible?” “Where do I belong?”.
She goes beyond this one topic of beauty to speak and write on topics she hopes will not just spark but ignite the fire within. More recently, Jill has left her nursing career of over 30 years behind (some call it retire) to pursue a new path. She writes, “This is 65”, debunking the view that retirement is the end.