The itsy bitsy spider had nothing to fear
Last weekend, I went to wake my eldest daughter up from bed and found a spider hanging off her bed post. I quickly ran to the bathroom, grabbed a tissue and came back and picked up the spider gently. All three of my children were watching me as I took the spider outside and shook him into the garden.
I came back and my daughter said “Thank you, Mommy” and my son asked “Mommy, did you take the bug outside?”. I replied with “Yes, bugs don’t belong in the house, they belong outside”. A few months ago, that little spider would have probably been squashed and flushed down the toilet but I’ve changed quite a lot in the last few months.
You see, since I’ve gone on a life journey to become more authentic, all the sudden I didn’t want to kill insects. I can’t explain it other than when I see a bug nowadays, I try to either take it outside or else leave it alone. I’ve come to realize that appreciating life also means respecting that the insect isn’t doing anything to us other than being alive and it’s our fears that make us react in such a way that we will hurt and kill out of fear. Okay, I don’t live in a country where insects are poisonous, I might react a little differently in that situation! I think though, fear can often be alleviated just with being more informed about what we are fearful about. I admit I’m still a little creeped out when I see bugs, the less I see them the better it is… really! However, I don’t want to be passing on my fears to my children and I definitely don’t want to pass on anything that shows that it’s okay to harm. I’m only starting off with bugs right now, I know this can potentially open up a can of worms (excuse the pun) on harming any other life forms as well (ie. dinner) but hey, one step at a time and I’ll post about how Im dealing with those in a future post. I’m not perfect and don’t claim to be, but trying to raise consciously aware children in this world is a big enough challenge.
Think about a fear that you have, if you were to do some research, what do you think the chances are that your fears are as bad as you think? Please feel free to share in the comment section below.
Keep loving and learning and making a difference, however big or small!
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