The garden is full of ladybugs this year and it makes me pleased that they are busy enjoying the pests and I do not need to get out the bucket, soap and water to clean off the plants leaf by leaf. I like that these bugs take care of problems in the garden and are such hard workers. We even came home from a family hiking/camping trip and shortly thereafter the west facing windows were filled with hundreds of ladybugs and we opened the windows and out they went to the garden; hungry and ready for work. I like the red color. I feel a sense of magic when they are around.
I must not be the only one with those feelings as early artists and writers depicted ladybugs in their work and there are lots of stories and mythologies surrounding the critter. When I heard that the Egyptian Scarab design was based on the ladybug and represented a woman’s re-creation of herself, I choose the ladybug as my symbol to represent how I was intending to be a re-creation of myself when I turned 50. There certainly was some magic in this decision as I woke every morning to see a ladybug magnet on my bedside light, my desk was covered with ladybug pencils, pens, flashlights, nightlights, and my all time favorite ladybug chocolates; friends had found small treasures to remind me of the changes I was making in my life. I felt more positive and hopeful with this little daily reminder. Every day for 365 days I created a small way to celebrate the new spirit or I focused on learning something new. Starting on the big day, I began giving away to other people almost all of the ladybugs that had collected over the year, telling my story, and the little bugs passed on their magic to the next person.
When I started this blog, my web designer knew of my ladybug symbolism and that this was a new endeavor to create a work experience for me; that the blog was about making changes in our lives and being inspired. I was surprised and pleased with this little red bug appearing on my business cards and on the web page itself. I have witnessed what this little red magician can do and I am pleased with its progress so far.
Do you have a symbol to assist you in your progress? Do you think that little reminders are good ideas or a waste of your time? How do you re-create yourself or are you just happy to be just who you are right now? Let me know by making a comment in the area below.