Monday, February 12, 2007

Messengers

This past Saturday I was headed East on I-90 somewhere close to the New York ~ Massachusetts border when I spotted something on the side of the road and it wasn't road kill. Rarely have I seen something alive on the edge of a busy highway that wasn't a deer. At first glance, I thought I was looking at a doe, but as I got closer, I realized that either a wolf or a coyote was staring back at me. Right before I passed it, the animal turned and ran back into the forest. As you can see from the pictures, it's hard to tell the difference between the two ~ I will never know for sure what I saw, but our brief encounter has stayed with me and led me to ponder the messages that these two exquisite animals may have for me.

Coyotes teach us to learn to laugh at ourselves and to appreciate the irony that life sends our way. In the Native American culture, the coyotes have also been known for their humor, charm and survival skills. Wolves challenge us to be wise. They have been lauded for their ability to survive and thrive and to be in balance with the world around them. Patience and perseverance are qualities that have earned the wolves respect.

I will take all the incite I can get ~ maybe it's a good thing that the sighting will remain an enigma. Life has been full of irony lately and a reminder to keep my sense of humor has been duly noted.

1 comment:

E said...

Coyotes teach us to learn to laugh at ourselves and to appreciate the irony that life sends our way. In the Native American culture, the coyotes have also been known for their humor, charm and survival skills. Wolves challenge us to be wise. They have been lauded for their ability to survive and thrive and to be in balance with the world around them. Patience and perseverance are qualities that have earned the wolves respect.


I don't think the sighting remains an enigma. I think the meaning for you is apparent and you hit it right on the head
~ E