Recently on my travels I came across some Wild Swans taking a bit of a break from their long winter journey and I am sharing these images for you to enjoy.
This happenstance gave me pause and as I watched the pair and their bond it brought to mind the memory of my Elders whom I miss terribly and our own special bond which can never be broken. But it also brought to mind the issue of ugly ducklings and the struggle we all face in attempting to live up to fulfil our purpose and the feelings of inadequacy that sometimes rear their ugly head.
Modern society functions more like a chicken coop these days, where caged birds create a pecking order and force conformity on the community, the ways of Wild Swans are lost to them. And this is the recipe for disaster for an society, to be hellbent on destroying creativity and innovation for political gains and in order to dominate others does not bode well for artists or scientists anymore than habitat destruction does for the Wild Swans.
Art is medicine, much like the site of Wild Swans it stirs the spirit and fortifies the soul in ways that human beings need to survive much like clean, air, water and food. The way love and hugs are medicine, or a smile from a child are medicinal and constant bullying and denial of these elements is toxic and harmful to us.
Are our voices to ever be muted and will we also become extinct in the name of progress? Or Greed. A lot of us are being mistaken for chickens when that is not what we are nor is it what we need to fulfil our purposes and live up to our potential. So today I stand with myself, my community and the Wild Swans for it is better to remain an ugly duckling than to deny to beauty of the Swan that created you.