The enormous great blue heron feeding close by on the marsh has been reminding me of that important heron wisdom. One of the things heron teaches is that when one way doesn’t work, another will.
The heron draws on its determination, resourcefulness, perseverance…and willingness to pounce on opportunities immediately, opportunities others would pass up. Or maybe not even recognize.
All of this valuable medicine has been on full display as the heron waits seemingly endlessly, often on one leg, to seize its meal. Adjusting the location, the angle, the timing. Negotiating the sharp stubbles of marsh grass, uneven terrain, earthy water, watery earth.
I was about to write that such constant bobbing and weaving, and tenacity, are essential to artists. It’s certainly been my experience as a dancer and choreographer. Opportunities dry up; inspiration eludes; projects falter or fizzle; rehearsal space evaporates; dancers are injured or move away, funding is scarce….
The list goes on.
But, as you know, being resourceful, flexible and dogged are keys to continuing to craft and live a meaningful life for all of us. No surprise there, as we are all the artists of our own existences.
Admittedly, I sometimes find it difficult to read the tea leaves. Is the universe signaling to give up on the whole shebang or adapt the initial plan? Such was the case when opportunities shriveled awhile back.
I kept going, but sought new and different collaborations. The moment some possibilities presented themselves, I dived in. As the heron teaches. Possibilities that are now inspiring, and bearing fruit.
Long story short, I agree with Thomas Edison: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work…Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time….”
And, “When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”
Photo credit: Bottom: Nikki Carrara