Nature’s Philosophy

Clomping around on the edge of a wooded path along the river, I spied a grasshopper sunning on a swaying stem. Then a lightning bug caught my attention as it flitted around the same plant. At first notice, I took a snapshot of the grasshopper, so I waited, hoping to take another of both at rest there. I lost sight of the bug as the grasshopper decided to lose sight of me.

A yellow butterfly shifted my attention. It was a seeker, stopping on a yellow blossom, staying long enough to savor it, then soaring on.

There might be a rhyme, story, or song to discover here, but my philosophical soul first searches for life lessons lingering in symbolic metaphors. It found one!

Sometimes be like a butterfly. Know what you are seeking. When you find it, stop for a while. Stay long enough to savor it fully. Be brave enough to soar on with joy.

PS. An addendum: sometimes what we seek is in plain sight. Checking my photos later, both the bug and the grasshopper were right there together in the first frame.

PPS. Not to be confused with Muhammad Ali’s “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” spoken as Cassius Clay back in 1964. The next words were “Rumble, young man, rumble.” I rumble as a last resort.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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