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What’s A Bug Got To Do With It?

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Today my reading was about bugs. Yes, you heard me right. Bugs trigger a funny bone kind of reaction in me that has to do with fear. That is if I find one on me or in my house. It got me thinking of a conversation I was having with a friend the other day about fear. It makes me wonder where that fear came from because as a child who spent a lot of time outside, I thought bugs were fascinating.

How silly it is when you think about it that we should fear such tiny little creatures. It’s almost like an exaggeration of how one human emotion can get out of control without any thought or understand as to how it ever became a truth we to let ourselves believe.

What is fear, but an instinctive reaction to an unpleasant feeling triggered by the perception of danger, real or imagined.

That one tiny bug, after all, could bite me and who knows what will become of me then? All that thought process takes away from the wonderful things that bugs have to teach us. Like what facing our own fears can really do for us. I mean think about it, where do these tiny creatures get the courage to walk on our giant bodies in the first place? I don’t know about you, but I sure wish I had that kind of fearless approach to even the simplest of things in my life.

What’s a bug got to do with it? It teaches us what FDR meant when he said, ”there is nothing to fear, but fear itself.”

“The Giant Lady and The Baby Spider” -a lesson in all lives matter

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Photo from Anxaid.

Baby spider stood proudly looking up at the Daddy-long-legs surrounding him and proceeded to tell his story. “There I was,” he said, “exploring the world of the Giants for the first time, walking innocently across the floor when I stepped onto a bright soft surface. I could hear the rumble of the floor getting closer and closer stopping me in my tracks. There she was towering over me as I looked all the way up meeting her eyes.

“ Ohhhhh…the Daddies cried out in surprise as they listened.”

“How could you survive such a confrontation?” one of the Daddies called out.

“Even our most experienced Daddies, could have never survived such a vulnerable situation without the big foot coming down them,” another Daddy chimed in.

“The strangest thing happened as she suddenly started to scream. Her feet jumped up and down so fast I couldn’t tell one from the other. Her hands flew up covering her eyes than everything became quiet as I waited for her next move. Two fingers spread apart and I could see one eye looking down at me.

“Ah ha ha ha ha ha,” the Daddies roared out in laughter.

“I realized in that moment…that she was as scared of me as I was her.”

“What did she do?”

“How did you get away?”

“How did you live to tell us this story?” The Daddies called out.

“She picked the cloth up and hung it on a peg. While I remained hidden in its folds she whispered to me, “this is your lucky day baby spider because I have chosen to respond rather than react,” she said to me.

“What do you suppose she meant by that?” the Daddies talked among themselves.

The wisest of all the Daddies stepped forward standing over the baby spider, and said, “it is anger, fear and misunderstanding that makes us react to unfamiliar things. If the giant lady hadn’t stopped to think about how silly she was acting she would have easily reacted by stomping down on the little guy. But when she took a moment to evaluate the situation it gave her enough pause to respond in a way that was more in line with her own truth.”

“What do you suppose that truth is?” Asked one of the Daddies.

It was the baby spider that answered this time, “I learned a great lesson today. That no matter how big or small you are we all have fears of the unknown, and it’s what we do with our fear that determines the outcome of our action. I believe that the truth in her heart was that even though we are very different in many ways she remembered in that moment that all lives matter.”