Gallinule Play and Letting Go of Stuckness

by Sheila Finkelstein on July 17, 2008

Allow the Purple Gallinule to Inspire you to break through
any blocks you might have or simply enjoy him.

Purple Gallinune Wings spread - back view - at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

This purple gallinule on a fireflag stem in Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Florida was featured in the last issue of Picture to Ponder photo ezine. As part of the Self-Reflecting Queries

I wrote: “We could get heavy and significant about the bird, make a determination that he is struggling and “holding on tight,” or we could say he’s simply relaxing with his wings spread out, enjoying his scenery.

Then the Gallinule went further out on the stem.

Purple Galline dancing on Stem of fireflag plant in Wakodahatchee Wetlands

We could state that he is warily taking his next step, or we could say he’s dancing (my initial response when I first viewed the photo.)

Bottom line, we can make all kinds of interpretations as to what’s happening with the gallinule. Who is to determine which is the “correct” one? On the other hand, we can simply be with the beauty of his colors, the lines of his legs and amazing feet, or however you see it.

And, I’m aware that I’ve brought my interpretations into the picture. I invite you to check in with yourself. Are there places in your life where you are so busy making interpretations, “figuring” something out, that you are missing the opportunity of having fun?

If so what thoughts and/or emotions would you need to release right now to have that pleasure. Might it be perfectionism? judgment? the need to be right? anger? something else? If you see it, please take the action of letting go so you can have pleasure in this moment.

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