Moving with the Flow of Gratitude

Quinn Blackburn

Bethel Park, United States

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We had a terrible snow storm during February of this year, our fourth heaviest snowfall on record. We were hit with just over 21 inches of snow over a two day period. Electricity was out for days in some areas, often due to damage inflicted by slidding snowplows or salt trucks.

Because of this heavy snowfall, our local flock of wild turkey suffered terrible losses. Essentially stranded in the barren woods by this snow storm, they were unable to reach adequate food sources, nor were we able to provide them with feed for more than two days, sadly. The salt truck skidded down our road, knocking down a telephone pole and dragging several more down in it’s wake. Without heat, our family had to take shelter with family elsewhere in the city.

This hen, who I think of as Eve, was the only survivor from her birth flock which numbered about 8 last fall, not including the toms (males). She emerged from the woods this spring with 8 tiny chicks, and only lost three. A good mother, Eve brings her happy brood of chicks out of the woods each morning and each evening around sunset to make a circuit around our house, gobbling up all the insects they can find.

As a Creature Teacher, Turkeys teach us about the importance of moving with Nature rather than against it; accepting our place upon the wheel of life through all it’s stagess of life, death, and rebirth. Living in a manner which treats all things as sacred, utilizing our resources in a respectful manner that will allow us, and others, to sustain our way of life, being humble and above all grateful for the many blessings we are given in life (air to breathe, food to eat, beauty to inspire us, love to sustain us, lessons to shape our wisdom, a body with which to experience Life) are all important Turkey lessons. Turkey says that through personal sacrifice we give not only to the World around us, but ultimately to ourselves… for in the end we are all One. These are the thoughts that surface as watch Eve and her little ones make their rounds each day. I am grateful for their inspiring company.

“Oh Great Spirit, Whose voice I hear in the wind, Whose breath gives life to the world,
Hear me!
I come to you as one of your many children.
I am small and weak.
I need your strength and wisdom.
May I walk in beauty.

Make my eyes behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things that you have made, And my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may know the things
That you have taught your children— The lessons that you have hidden in every leaf and rock.

Make me strong, not to be superior to my brothers, but to be able to fight my greatest enemy: myself. Make me ever ready to come to you with straight eyes, so that When life fades as the faded sunset My spirit will come to you without shame."

John Yellow Lark

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