Monday, December 13, 2010
Joy 77/82: Coyote
But, he didn't dash away like we expected (coyotes are known for not doing what you expect them to do). He stayed and watched us intently. Maybe he was tourist-wise and expected a handout. Maybe he was old and lazy. Maybe he was just trying to figure us out. Whatever he was thinking, he stayed and stayed as we shot photo after photo. This one is my favorite.
Since we saw another, much more evasive coyote later on the trip, I decided to look up coyote medicine. There are many facets to coyote but the one I liked is about multi-tasking. As we edge up on the end of the year, I always start to think about where I am and where I'm going and, as usual, I start to wonder if I should be more focused. I tend to take on a multitude of projects which means I never quite develop the mastery that I would like to have in any of them. Turns out that the curiosity of coyote nature makes it natural to have many projects going on simultaneously. Accepting this tendency toward many projects, yet developing the discipline needed to finish the projects is a way of accepting the nature of coyote. That seems like a good plan.