Tracks in the snow…

The sun sets on another day…

Each morning as I wake I stretch and come to life then take a walk along the edges up some of my property. This morning after a long night what I walked into was about 4 inch of fresh snow. Yes I know this isn’t exactly about sunset but as I walk I looked down and saw a variety of tracks crossing the otherwise pristine blanket of white.

In front of me were the pretty-much undeniable tracks I’m several turkey. Either that or I have a giant velociraptor living somewhere. I studied the tracks for a moment and noted swishes of some part dragging across the deeper track. Walking further I found deer track. Because some of the property is covered in sand I see deer track during the summer and spring and fall almost everyday only to be covered by any disturbance of the wind or a dozen another things. 

As I walked deeper where I could see house nor road no longer I came across thin tracks scatter around the snow. I studied for a moment and realized there were at least three coyotes. These tracks did not follow any particular order nor were they as orderly as the other tracks

I stopped for a moment and consider. The turkey tracks were very linear going from one place to another with only occasional breaks and stops probably to look for something in the snow and try to find something to eat.

The deer tracks were far more heavily spaced perhaps because the deer were running through the area knowing where they were going but plowing over everything in between to avoid any potential predators. 

The coyote tracks we’re all on top of each other with circles upon circles as the coyotes attempted to find prey or scavenge something new. Of the three the coyotes had no apparent direction where the other two seemed as though they were going somewhere. 

Now I know that seeming is believing for so many people. I know that a lot of people will see themselves as the turkey knowing where they are going at forging forward to get there. Others will see themselves as the deer with an idea of where they’re going but pushing through as quickly as possible to avoid any risk. 

I like to think that the coyote had the right idea. Potentially knowing where they’re going but not really advertising it and looking everywhere along the way for an opportunity leaving no stone unturned. 

Who are you? Are you the turkey, and no I’m not insulting you, the turkey knows where it’s going and will press on to get there. Are you the deer that knows where it’s going and will bypass the world get there? Or are you the coyote looking for every possible scrap of life and maybe knowing where you’re going but living as though getting there was not all that important?

I know I know a long post that didn’t really say much or did it? At some point you will decide. Maybe not with my simple analogy but maybe with an eagle or a cougar or a bear but at some point you will know who you are and how you are getting there. 

So as the sun sets on another day I think I will just enjoy the day and see where it goes. Not that I am a coyote or will be ordering anything from Acme anytime soon but instead that in my opinion life is about enjoying the journey and making each day the best it can be.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it…

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