By Kerri R.
Alice decides to make her way out of the woods before nightfall. A winding road that must have been paved recently, still with the bitter smell of tar, cut through the trees. Alice was distracted by how much the forest had changed so quickly in a few weeks; The leaves were already beginning to change their colors from green to amber and gold and burgundy. She hadn’t noticed how long she had been walking when it was nearly dusk. She was comforted by the realization that she must be nearing town as the number of headlights from cars increased. Then a car suddenly stopped short just ahead of her.
“I see nobody on the road,” said Alice.Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 7
Alice paused to take some deep breaths to slow her heart that had started racing at the shock from the sound of the screeching tires. The driver seems to be coaxing someone to move.
All this was lost on Alice, who was still looking intently along the road, shading her eyes with one hand.
“I see somebody now!” she exclaimed at last.Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 7
She noticed a deer standing seemingly frozen in the middle of the street, staring into the headlights. Entranced.
The driver, Alice and the deer all seemed to get their bearings at the same moment. The car drives off and Alice becomes aware of her surroundings again. Prancing back into the woods barely rustling a leaf, the beautiful young animal looks back curiously at Alice, clearly visible in her blue dress.
Alice is tempted to offer the deer a snack from her backpack to befriend the sweet creature, but she knows better. Sometimes love means honoring what will keep another safe. Feeding wild animals puts them and humans at greater risk of harm. Alice hears the deer’s mother calling her home and in an instant the dear one vanishes into the trees, safe and sound.
“You can be standing right in front of the truth and not necessarily see it, and people only get it when they’re ready to get it.”George Harrison
Sometimes truth can appear unexpectedly, like a bright light out of the darkness. Blinded by the light, it can feel as if we are paralyzed at first as our eyes (and heart and mind) adjust. We can appear foolish to those who are not within the same line of vision. Why wouldn’t we move? Why don’t we make the change that the truth has shown us is necessary? Are we afraid? Are we in shock?
Maybe we just need a moment to observe what is happening. To believe the truth. And then, when we are ready, we will move. With confidence.
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Continue following Alice’s animal adventures with the next post, EQ (The Elephant Quotient)
Kerri is an advocate for the introverted activist. Often at a loss for words in person, she writes to make sense of the world and connect with others. She wishes for more curiosity & kindness in the world.