As I picked it up, I noticed a tree-shaped car freshener and half of a plastic egg in a clump of leaves and twigs over the drain as well.
The different shades of yellow reminiscent of summer's sun and flowers seemed perfect for the season. Yet my first thought was of the solar plexus, the energy center below the breast bone. Yellow is the color of the third chakra, the seat of will, creativity, energy, and passion whose element is the fire of the inner sun.
On this particular walk, I had just listened to a recording made while backpacking in the Grand Canyon. I had forgotten it but in the recording I heard myself say:
"In the beginning there was a fire longing to be listened to, gathered around, and explored. All souls that come to Earth agree to take a piece of that fire's energy and passion. We've free will to choose what we will do with that spark while we are here."
Curiosity trumped irritation as I collected the trio of humankind's creation and turned to walk home only to see more yellow.
Scattered on the sidewalk were yellow leaves having fallen prematurely from lack of rain. The leaves were the perfect reminder of Nature's creation resulting from Tree's inner fire.
I picked up the nearest leaf and stood holding the artificial and the authentic, the nature made and human made.
The objects on the drain grate reminded me of the phrase "down the drain." Some say humankind as a whole is "down the drain" or certainly headed that way as artificiality trends more than the authentic and genuine.
Personally I'm often like the objects clinging to the grate, resisting going with the flow. If you were a fly on the wall in my home, observing my actions would tell you to what I'm committed. You would find me trying to get everything done on the never ending list (ordering and controlling my external world) and only episodically committed to my creative endeavors (birthed from my inner world).
Consciously using my energy or the spark of fire I carry is one of my greatest challenges. To really be clear and conscious of how I use my fire, requires turning off my devices and tuning into my greatest device, my body, heart, spirit and mind.
In the big picture, the objects I found or that found me, suggest we are already in Time's great drain. The cosmic egg has opened, energy pours forth and we now travel along in the flow of Time.
Over 7 billion of us each carrying fire's spark are here together on this amazing, creative, energetic planet Earth.
We only have moments and each moment, we choose how we use our will, energy, creativity and passion.
Each moment, we choose whether to invest energy and presence into creating more of the artificial, manmade or the authentic., Nature made.
Each moment, we choose whether to honor or ignore the spark we agreed to carry here on Earth.
-Dawn, The Good News Muse, 27 June 2016
www.imaginetheshift.comClick HERE for a "Messages in the Mess" another walk related musing.
Link to "Plastic Whale" a company fishing plastic from the ocean and turning that plastic into boats.
Click HERE for a link to another Musing on Naming.
And HERE for a Grand Canyon musing on FIRE.