Little Green Grasshopper
A brilliant green grasshopper surprised me with a loud thud against the kitchen window late this evening.
Who am I kidding? That tiny green bug scared the shit out of me when it flung it’s body against the window as if it wanted to break through the glass. And the part that I’m sure it was counting on that would have me more afraid of the creature that had just hit the glass window?! Its shadow. A shadow so big coming through behind blinds that were supposed to cover its existence, made me wonder if perhaps I may have discovered a new giant creature from the dark.
But, it was not. Instead of a new giant creature from the dark, there on my glass window peering inside and into my eyes, was a little green grasshopper.
What is it little green grasshopper? Why do you stare so deeply into my eyes as if you’re trying to reach my soul? What is it little green grasshopper you are trying to tell me?
They say the grasshopper is both a grounded and free spirit. His strong hind legs remind us to stay grounded close to earth and to have faith and confidence. His bright green color reminds us of new beginnings such as the bright green leaves and grass you see in Spring. He doesn’t jump backwards, to what was. He jumps forward without fear like a free spirit in the wind. He encourages us to dream and to take action on those dreams. He symbolizes significant leaps into new experiences.
What could tonight’s message from the little green grasshopper be?
Will I soon approach obstacles that will require me to quickly leap from and to keep moving forward?
Or is the little green grasshopper telling me that it’s time for change?
Is it time for me to take a leap of faith and to jump forward into an experience that I may have been avoiding because of fearing the unknown outcome? Could I be avoiding a particular experience in life because I acknowledge the possibility that this leap of faith just might alter my life forever in a big way? Perhaps. Perhaps it’s time.
Young Caine: You cannot see.
Master Po: You think I cannot see?
Young Caine: Of all things, to live in darkness must be worst.
Master Po: Fear is the only darkness.
— from the 1972 TV series, Kung Fu —
Time to leap from this darkness of fear. Time to listen to my inner voice. Time to feel confident and trusting, acknowledging that it knows what I need in life to be happy, successful, and at peace.