Omens and miracles.
Yesterday I had an omen. Walking home with my daughter in the morning we came across a scene.
A cyclist and a local resident flagged me for help. It turned out that a mother duck with eight or nine ducklings had lost several of them down a storm-water drain.
She wouldn’t leave them, and the ducks couldn’t get out. The grate was far too heavy to lift without the right tools, and even if we could lift it how could we catch four little ducks down a one metre diameter drain?
The woman decided to call the RSPCA and our rescue party disbanded. As I told my mechanic on the way home: there was nothing we could do. He replied “you mean you did everything you could do.”
Right – it just happened to be nothing.
To me this was so clearly an omen but I had no idea what it meant.
Then today I was doing an exercise on reprocessing traumatic experiences. The idea is to identify aspects of your past experiences that still inform how you feel about yourself in the present. Thoughts like “I’m weak,” or “I’m powerless” and so on.
The next step is to ask what you would prefer to believe about yourself in that past experience instead.
I came up empty. I couldn’t really see a positive aspect to an experience of powerlessness.
And then I thought of the ducklings. Yesterday’s omen.
“I did everything I could”…and it wasn’t “nothing”.
I did everything I could. I didn’t have the right tools for the job. I wasn’t actually powerless, I did everything I could.
Given the circumstances I did everything that I could do, anything anyone could reasonably do.
That’s such a shift in perception. I’m not weak or powerless. Sometimes there’s just not a lot you can do.
This morning on the walk to school the ducks were gone, and the heavy grate showed signs of having been lifted out and replaced. All the dirt and debris had shifted and the edges were clean and clear.
I like to think the RSPCA got someone out to rescue them. It certainly looked that way. Isn’t it nice that there are people willing and able to do things like that?
As for me I’m just so appreciative of the message or omen that was given to me. It’s just such a clear signpost of the path I’m on and the way my life is changing as I find alignment with my inner being and let go of the resistance I’ve been carrying.