The Praying Mantis

Today began way too early for me.  I was at work by 7 this morning after a long 4 hours of sleeping.  I was done at 11 AM and hurried home to get some chores caught up and start my afternoon of designing.

Okay, no judging, but I haven't mowed the back yard in over 6 weeks, maybe more.  I haven't watered it either, or weeded.  It was a wreck of a yard.  So, I tackled that first.  I loaded up the car with all the junk that has collected back there over the summer, bags of weeds, all that stuff, so I could run it to the dump.  As I was cramming in the last of the broken window screen, an enormous Praying Mantis flew on my arm and he was golden yellow in color.

Keep in mind, I have one nerve left after this week and it's debatable if I even have that!  So, I panicked, like any person with one nerve left would do.  I don't like things that fly around.  I was screaming, running in circles and basically scaring the neighbor children.  Shelbie heard me from inside the house and opened the garage door to see my arms flailing about.  Of course she couldn't see the Praying Mantis I couldn't get off my arm so it was not an impressive sight.

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I was able to compose myself...the whole ordeal went down in just a few seconds but it seemed like a lifetime really!   Shelbie scolded me for freaking out..."Don't you know that a Praying Mantis is good luck?  He's not going to hurt you!"  She picked it up off the garage floor and held it on her hand.  He was quite content to sit there.

Apparently, the little creatures are in fact, good luck.  Spiritual luck.

"Accordingly, the praying mantis symbol chooses to present itself to individuals when they have allowed their busy schedules to overrun their intuition, silencing their internal voice and throwing their equilibrium out of balance. The praying mantis always comes to us when we are internally craving peace, quiet, and calm in our lives.
The praying mantis meaning has a variety of traits: temperance, quietness, awareness, calmness, clairvoyance, patience, mindfulness and innovation. These insects are well known for their pre-strike pose, which is a popular symbol of balance and patience in and of itself.
If a praying mantis strikes too soon, its prey gets away. Because of this, it has evolved to be patient: so patient, in fact, that it will not budge unless it is 100% positive that it is the correct thing to do. This acts as a direct message to us, reminding us to contemplate our movements just as carefully and precisely.
When our timing is off, we may generate an unnecessary (and unpleasant) struggle or blow an opportunity entirely. Through stillness, awareness, and balance, we can hear and recognize the perfect moment. We must listen to the voice that speaks to us with openness, not fear. If we have patience and wait before striking, the right moment will come, and we will succeed."
This is only the second time in my life I have seen a Praying Mantis.  The first time was almost a year ago, on the eve of Sam's heart surgery; he sat outside our hotel room door. 
Long story longer...we took that as a sign to change our afternoon plans of work and find a way to balance ourselves again.
We took off to the mountains; our happy place.  It was the perfect way to end the week. 


Our traditional rock stacking- Palisades Lake

It was perfect weather today.  The smoke from all the fires hung low in the trees, but it didn't detract from the beauty. 

Why work when you can lay around looking at this all afternoon?

I found Shelbie's smile!

This view!!
It was exactly what we needed today.  We got home a little while ago and it was nice to have my house back in order, the backyard looking decent again and hopefully, our little Praying Mantis friend sticks around.  We could use more days like this. 

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