Yesterday, I awoke early, grabbed some cleaning supplies and loaded them into my car. As I turned right and then left, and then right again, I was lost in my thoughts, making the day’s To-Do-List. I thought about what still needed to be ordered – the box spring for the double bed as her own King-size bed isn’t making this move. It is too big for this condo. I felt content with all that had already been sorted through – many photo albums, every drawer in the many dressers and all the dishes and glassware. Keep and pack. Donate. Throw away. Those three categories acted as our mantra. “Definitely need this!” “Should we let someone else enjoy it now?” “Can’t you let go of that?” “Just pitched that!”
For the past months, my mom and I have spent two to three days a week, going from room to room, from the large China cabinet to the small drawers in her end tables and touched everything in her current condo. By the first week in August, I feel confident that her 2-bedroom condo will be packed with just the things she needs to bring her joy in a one-bedroom condo down the road from where she resides now. My husband and I just purchaced a condo in the town I grew up it. My mom will become our tenant next month, allowing her to be blocks from the church community she loves and provide her with the safety of a building with an elevator. Her arthritic joints are already celebrating.
Suddenly,, not one, not two but three large deer jolted me out of my thoughts. They entered the 2-lane road I was driving on, about 30 feet in front on me. I glanced in my read-view mirror and saw no cars behind me so I slowed to a stop. With no cars coming at me either, it was just me and these three magnificent-looking animals. Their long legs gracefully trotted across the street and then began to graze in the yard to my left. All three had growing horns atop their heads. I simply stared at them. In the next moment, I spotted a car approaching me from the front and I flashed my lights as a warning. The approaching car slowed as the three deer stepped across the surburban home’s front yard and headed toward their backyard. I returned to driving and hoped the deer would stay safe today.
Moments later, I parked my car in the condo’s parking lot and my phone dinged. I pulled it out of my purse and saw my friend had sent me a text message. He often will share a photo with me form his morning walk. Today he sent me this photo:
I texted him back, sharing how I had just seen three of the same animal.
By affinity with this animal, you have the power to deal with challenges with grace. You master the art of being both determined and gentle in your approach. The deer totem wisdom imparts those with a special connection with this animal with the ability to be vigilant, move quickly, and trust their instincts to get out the trickiest situations.
With determination, I dropped my phone back in my purse and grabbed the cleaning supplies. I felt ready to gently deal with the remaining challenges of this summertime move.
What’s your spirit animal for today?