Have you ever noticed how ducks dive into a pond to feed? This leaves them with just their butts sticking out of the water. Despite this inelegant position, it has inspired me to examine my ability to both float on the surface and to dive beneath it. Symbolically speaking of course.
“I am a loser,” I shrug at my Doctor friend who seems to insist on talking to me no matter what my mood.
“Big swing,” the Doctor remarks. “Up down? What happened?”
“No it’s just like that,” I sigh conveying to which point I have given up. “I lose at everything I undertake. I would like to be a winner but I am not. So no it is not up and down. I just stopped believing.”
“Oh I see,” the Doctor snaps at me nastily. “You still looking for the easy road? Can’t find it so it’s someone or something else’s fault? I guess change must be instant for you. You know if you believe you are a loser you are right. But if you believe you are a winner you are right too.”
“I am a marshmallow,” I repeat emotionlessly. “A pink fluffy cloud. Fuzzy. Soft. I am a mama. Queens are strong as nails. Leaders are strong and clearly defined.”
“And all mama’s are losers?” the Doctor tries again seeing that his nasty snarl provoked no mentionable reaction.
“Nope,” I smile meekly.
“So what happened?” the Doctor repeats.
“Nothing,” I shrug my shoulders again. “Realisation. Difference between what I would like to be and acceptance of what I am.”
If you have ever taken enough time to sit by a duck pond and observe the doings of ducks, you will no doubt be familiar with the image of their cute feathery bottoms sticking up in the air as their heads disappear under the surface of the water. Perhaps you’ve even taken a moment to wonder what they see in their underwater world, and if they will resurface with a fish or a water bug in their beaks. As you observe them, you will see that ducks are denizens of three worlds : the world of air, the world of water, and the world of earth. As such, they have adapted themselves to be able to swim, fly, and walk, and they seek and find nourishment in more than one place. They are symbols of versatility and can inspire us to explore our own ability to adapt and find nourishment in a variety of places.
Now that’s food for thought.