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Canon #3: No matter the form

All life is held sacred

This Canon is probably self-explanatory. However, I would like to share some experiences that have taught me, that no matter the form, life is sacred.

I remember sitting outside on the porch stairs eating my breakfast toast. It was a beautifully mild, sunny morning and I was enjoying the moment when a blackbird flew down and stood about five feet from me. I looked at him and he looked back as if to say, “I sure would like some of your toast.”​

Well, who was I to deny? I broke off a piece of bread and tossed it. The birdie hopped over and took the, bigger-than-it-needed-to-be, bite. Suddenly, (and I could see this written across his forehead as if he was actually talking…No, I’m not Mrs. Doolittle) he realized he had somewhere else he needed to be. He dropped the toast, looked up to the sky, then looked around the yard. He spotted a leaf, hopped over to it, took it in his mouth and then placed it on top of his bit of bread. He hid it so that it would be there when he came back! I couldn’t believe my eyes! What a joyful moment and what a lesson!​

​Another time, my husband, Duke and I were enjoying coffee on our back patio and taking in the fresh Arizona morning. I had noticed that the hummingbird feeders hadn’t been used in a while. I had thought to check the contents when a small hummer, by the name of Ozzie (no kidding), flew to within a foot of my face. He looked at me like I was a very slow human, then flew up to the first feeder. He pointed (that’s right! POINTED with his beak) at the feeder. Then, he flew back to my face and said, “This stuff is terrible!” Realizing he was dealing with a very slow human, indeed, he flew to the second feeder and pointed at it! He came back, one last time, in order to drive his point home. I promised that I would change the food and he left, probably wondering if he’d really gotten his point across to this sorrowfully slow human.

Duke and I took the feeders down, and lo and behold, when I took them apart I found that the bottoms (made of metal) had entirely corroded! The food was poison! Feeling very chastised and veeerrrrry ssssllllooooow, I trashed the old feeders, bought regular old plastic bottomed ones, made new food and hung them out.

Ozzie came back very soon to check it out. (I am not crazy, Duke saw this, too). He tried each feeder, then flew, in turn, to each of us as if to say, “Thank you.” When we acknowledged him, he joyfully made our backyard his domain. Those feeders were his to share or protect until the day he flew off in search of his mate.

(with all the creepy crawly legs and colors) as badly as he scared me. When our paths inadvertently crossed, he raised up to ¼ of his height, waved all his arms, screamed, and ran the other way as fast as his little legs could go. Me? I was rapidly following suit, in the opposite direction…Safe inside, I laughed so hard to think that I had scared an insect! Who knew?

I’ve had so many different furry and unfurry children (dogs, cats, goats, horses, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, a monkey…never again, a cayman…also, never again, fish, and finally one incredible son) that have blessed my life, I have learned that all life (no matter the form) has the capacity to feel and think.

It is certainly hard enough for us to communicate with each other. So, who are we to say that we are the only life form on this planet capable of thought, word and deed?

Yoda said it best, “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.”

May the love of all things surround you and lift you.

P.S. I have yet to find a good excuse for a mosquito!

With all my heartfelt love,


I will be discussing Canon #4, “Whatever You say bounces off Me and sticks on You!” in the next “What the BLOG!” edition published on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads

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