Animal Teachings: Coyote Cub
This morning, I got to work a little early, so I was sitting in my car listening to one of my favorite morning shows to pass the time. As I was getting ready to get out of the car and head inside, I saw a small animal come out of the woods into the parking lot closer to the building than I was parked. It stretched, sniffed around, sat down for a minute, scratched its ear... As I got out of my car, it looked over at me, and I realized what it was: It was a coyote pup!
Coyotes are not unheard of where I live. In fact, my own first encounter with a coyote (this was an adult, no less!) was a few years ago as I was walking between buildings at work. That was a very cool experience. My company made the decision around that same time not to disturb the den. It turns out we had (and I guess still have) a den on our property. For that, I commend them. There have never been any issues on our property with these amazing animals, who so many just want to kill! (To their credit, my company also uses non-lethal methods to control the Canadian geese who sometimes come and mob our campus!)
As I got out of the car, it heard me and got up and just kind of watched me. As I walked toward the building, it gracefully retreated into the shade of the woods. I feel very blessed by this encounter, because I believe it happened for a reason.
I currently am dealing with a situation about which I feel very conflicted. I feel like this was the Universe's way of telling me that the confusion won't last forever, that the illusions and general upsets won't last forever, that I just need to pay attention, stay on track, and do the work. My answer--my clear path--will make itself known.
Of course, I also just plain love animals, and running into the wild ones is always very moving for me. I give thanks for the encounter and for the lesson! :)
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