Sometimes, when you're looking for an answer, all you have to do is spend a little time in nature to get the truth. This very thing happened to me on a bike ride through town recently.
Pedaling along the canal near our home, I noticed a lone duck swimming up the center of the aquaduct. The sun left speckles and dashes along the water top, but he sliced through it with hardy and swift and determined paddling. The evidence of his effort showed in the wake that streamed from his tail feathers.
As the duck distanced himself from it, the wake grew wider and longer, and even had a robust wave to mark the triangular edge of it. The duck swam on, head back, beak pointing forward, looking confident and committed, graceful and plucky. And that's when the message came through.
Choose your destination and then go forward. Be bold and be courageous, giving your best with each stride onward. Trust your heart, and your gut, and your inner guidance system. And above all, trust that your effort will spread out beyond you, reaching wider, deeper, longer, connecting to everything and everyone you need to support you on your journey.
As it goes with some messages, the idea itself wasn't new to me, but seeing it as an actual force in nature imprinted it as a belief. "Of course this is true," I told myself. But I didn't know it until I knew it. And now that I believe it, I'll see it.
The lone duck kept up his pace, approaching me, passing me, and finally, leaving me in his ever-growing wake. I sent out a note of gratitude, happy to have crossed his path and viewed his spirit, happy to have heard his call.