lessons from a spider…

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13/10/2012 by Sarah Ritchie

Tree web

The cues of spring came out to meet me on my morning walk, a couple of weeks ago. Birds, blossoms, a fresh mist hanging over the local park, the fragrance of cut grass, and spiders’ webs – lots of them – over at least a one kilometre radius.

I have walked these very same roads for the previous two spring seasons, but I have never noticed this sudden burst of web building before. What was especially interesting was the location of these webs, between the branches of trees – both high up and at ground level. The webs were complete, large and dew-filled, and they were beautiful. I looked again – over the days that followed – and they were gone!

Many words came to my mind during that walk: industry, strength, fortitude, diligence, perfection, beauty, patterns, purpose. Who would have thought so much could be learned from such a little thing as a spider – widely loathed and commonly dispatched.

This was my lesson in finding the mighty in the small, and the lovely in the unlovable. All from a spider. Nice.


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