The Heron and I
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This giclée print is taken from my original oil painting on linen canvas.
“You’re so hard on yourself. Take a moment. Sit back. Marvel at your life: at the grief that softened you, at the heartache that wisened you, at the suffering that strengthened you. Despite everything, you still grow. Be proud of this.” — Anonymous
Similarly, the Great Blue Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance. They represent an ability to progress and evolve. Their long thin legs reflect that an individual doesn't need massive pillars to rise above adversity. They don't need massive legs to keep their spirits high. Instead, one must only be able to stand on one's own.
The heron's long probing beak represents the search for hidden knowledge and wisdom. We don't always have the confidence to be vulnerable and admit, "I don't know." But it's only when we ask probing questions that we get the deep answers that change it all.
The heron is also a symbol of the rising sun, representing life’s renewal. Herons are often seen standing regally in large bodies of water. They symbolize stillness and tranquility. In that quiet stillness, they manage to catch the fish to feed their families. We too must learn how these two things are needed to recognize opportunities. We must be still to notice the change and tranquil to have our full faculties to take advantage.
It's only with stillness and tranquility that we find determination. There will be plenty of marshes and ponds to wade through in life. But to see that fish and to take that next great step requires a clear mind, positive attitude, and gentle spirit to ensure success.
When viewing this piece, I hope you reflect on the spirit of the heron. Like all of my bird guides, it seeks to teach you a lesson on the power of precision. When you do something with precision, you also achieve a high level of effectiveness. Because like one uses a knife to cut away excess, you do the same when you carve out a clear idea. You must trim the fat of distraction and negativity to cut to the heart of what truly matters.
When you don’t, you waste effort and energy, you conserve your energy. You save time. I hope the heron helps you to start valuing the art of being patient to get what you want. It’s an active kind of patience that makes you take opportunities instead of expecting the answer to come to your doorstep. It's one thing to receive but it's another thing to facilitate your own success.
To see a great blue heron dreamily stand motionless at the water's edge in the golden glow of the early morning is a magical sight. It's the intersection of patience, determination, and tranquility and I hope you always feel the magic.