I almost missed this one on a recent walk.

She makes her way across the land.

Turtles are my favorite animals.

 Last week  Bill and I were at Micheal’s land looking for signs of deer. Bill has next week off and is planning on hunting most of the time.  Going with him to scope out the land, aside from the pure pleasure of just walking in wooded land. It also  helps me feel better about know where he is going to be just in case he calls for help.  (Deer are heavy you know). As Bill was wandering far, I wandered slowly just looking around observing the details of nature. Then I spotted the box turtle.

Ted Andrews wrote a book Animal Speak, The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small. In this book he talks about turtles being symbolic of motherhood, longevity and awakening to opportunity. They are a reminder to pay attention or you will miss opportunities.

Which is what I believe this moment was symbolic of, in that, had I been in a hurry to cover lots of territory,  I would have kept on,  speedily, having missed this box turtle. Instead  going slowly,  taking in the atmosphere, allowed a heightening of awareness, giving me the opportunity to notice a turtle making her trek too. The benefit was to contemplate on  what this box turtle might be showing me.

Sticking her neck out a little further

 What the message is, I am not clear just yet. But  by going slowly, taking in my immediate environment, I will be alert to opportunities.  Good opportunities to be immersed in healthy, natural habitats.

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