Monday, October 24, 2005

Ant Watcher

I never kill insects. If I see ants or spiders in the room, I pick them up and take them outside. Karma is everything. ~ Holly Valance

Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labor, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television. ~ Lewis Thomas

Today I was caught watching an ant climb a sheer, slippery 8 foot wall. Most ants around here are so tiny, and the wall to him must have seemed like a 26K marathon. Along the way, he kept running into obstacles with his tiny feelers, but he never once turned around. He kept pressing forward, just moved around the obstruction and kept on stepping. Slow, methodical and focused.

Which brings me to the fact that whatever obstacles we humans are going through, we just have to keep the same focus. It's the intensity and preserverance that lands us where we want to be. ALOT of preserverance.


The Taorist said...

I wish I had the ant's penchance for focus and determination.

Still loving those opening quotes and refelctions dearie.

Ruben said...

Instead of being like ants , I think people are more like roaches.

Jerk Of All Trades 2.0 said...

You have the most perfectly AWESOME profile picture!!

Next to mine that is.

NML said...

Great philosophical post. I will persevere! Keep repeating!