This morning I discovered a long-legged cellar spider hanging by a thread of her own making above my bathtub. I don’t like spiders much, but since she was not in my way and was not particularly threatening in her appearance, I figured “live and let live.”
As I was going about the process of getting ready for work, I could not help but ponder her presence in my bathroom. I wondered what she was planning to catch in her web. Cellar spiders hang out in dark cavities in places like, well, cellars, preying on bugs and other spiders that lurk there. With the exception of an occasional lost arachnid such as herself, I do not often have insects, crawling or flying, in my bathroom.
“Sweetie, you’re gonna get mighty hungry if you stick around here,” I mumbled.
This made me think of people. We are often like this little spider: we chose circumstances where we get hungry for life, where we do not flourish. We often must push ourselves to get out of our comfort zones while we still have the energy and ability to do so. We must learn our true natures and learn the places and circumstances we need to thrive. We must then move on to those places for our own survival.
With that thought in mind, I went over to my visitor’s web and gave it a little blow, rattling her world and waking her up. She took the hint and scrambled up and away, hopefully to a better place.
ljgloyd (c) 2018