The header picture for this blog is a holly. That holly is, in many ways, the reason for this blog.
One of the most important qualities for a Wisdom Warrior, I believe, is awareness. As we each walk along our particular path in life, are we paying attention to the lessons and opportunities that come our way? Whether you amble, sprint, or boogie down your life path, you can still notice the signposts that appear before you.
Of course, noticing is only part of the equation in “paying attention.” After you notice, do you then ponder? Do you take the time and effort to study your messages? Do you research the signs and wonder how they apply to you?
Take my holly, for example. This particular holly is on one of my favorite trails in Valley Forge Park. Each time I walk or run past my holly, he catches my eye. When I took this picture, it was early spring, so he stood out against the bare trees and brownness around him.
As a symbol, the holly signals that it is time to become the spiritual warrior, that it is time to be clear about our purposes. Native Americans and Druids, among others, believed the holly to be a sacred gift. While it’s actually a bush, the holly is considered to have all the spiritual power of a tree, and it was often used to make wands, staffs, and prayer sticks.
So when my holly “appeared” to me, I read up on his symbolism and knew it was time for me to be clear about my endeavors and my intentions. While a challenging one for me, I accepted holly’s message and embarked on a new learning curve.
How about you? Any signs come your way lately? Are YOU paying attention? Share here!