It sounds like the beginning of a children’s story, “Hummingbird & Toad…” but it’s not. Hummingbird & toad are two animals who visited my garden this morning, brightening the day even more than the sunshine. Kneeling in the damp soil, I reached for a weed that suddenly moved on its own! Peering closer, I watched a small brown toad watching me from under the leaves. He hopped from a spot close to my gloved hand to a more protected spot under an evergreen shrub. If I hadn’t been fully in the moment, I would have missed his surprise visit. (Sometimes I get brief glimpses of greater truths, like the importance of being present in life.) Finished with our gardening, I spied from my vantage point in our hammock, a little emerald green hummingbird sipping nectar from my zinnias. She loved every blossom, flitting from a lemon yellow flower to a deep fuchsia one. How happy she was!
Hummingbird, a symbol of boundless joy & the sweetness of life, reminds me that emotions are choices. To many, toad (or frog) symbolizes transformation & an emotional connection to the water, which can be stagnant & dirty or clear & flowing. I pause, considering where I am emotionally. I can choose to sink in the muck of a stressful week or look at the beauty in my life & focus on the positive. I choose beauty.
I have yet to bring Hummingbird or Toad into my artwork but here is one of my zinnia collages. I hope it brings a smile to your heart.
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