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Garden Visitor

Posted Sep 14 2008 2:43pm

Bear Yesterday, I discovered an unexpected turtle visitor in our garden. It was fun to observe his movements -- he'd sit very still for long periods of time, then scoot very quickly for a few inches, then sit motionless again. When I got too close, he would pull back into his shell and keep an eye on me. He eventually made his way to the safety of the ivy and shrubs.

I was curious as to the symbolism of the turtle, so I did a little Google search. I found a site offering totem descriptions, which said, "If a Turtle totem shows up in your life, slow down the pace of your life. Bigger, stronger, faster are not always the best ways to reach your goals." And similarly, this site says, "[The turtle] teaches to go with the flow and be happy with the pace that your life is taking. Do not try to push it faster than is natural or you may reach your destination too early and feel you missed something along the way."

I try to live my life in balance, and to enjoy the process of what I do, but I can find myself becoming goal-oriented. I am thankful that this turtle stopped by to remind me to enjoy the journey.


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