I destroy stuff all the time--sometimes on purpose and sometimes on accident. This one time, I went to get into my car only to find a spider had woven a huge web over the driver door connecting it to the tree next to where I had parked. I hated to destroy the web, but I had to drive somewhere at the time and I made a mental note--while destroying what this creature had been working on since the night before--that this loss of work was the equivalent to the time or two (or seven) my computer crashed or a labor-intensive file mysteriously disappeared.
It made me feel better, somehow, recognizing that the spider, like me, was probably all, WHAT THE HECK, I WAS JUST WORKING ON THIS AND IT TOTALLY DISAPPEARED AND MICROSOFTWEB TOTALLY SUCKS AND I'M SO PISSED RIGHT NOW. Only, it wasn't for nothing. I had to go somewhere, and the destruction wasn't in vain.
I like to think that somewhere, a larger-brained creature than I had to get somewhere and lumbered over my thesis to get to her hair appointment. (You can think philosophical stuff like this seven years after losing your Master's Thesis. Not so much at the time.)
THIS ZEN MOMENT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO YOU BY KATY BOWMAN, NOT AN EXPERT IN ZEN or ANYTHING, REALLY.
THIS NEXT ZEN MOVEMENT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO YOU BY MY HUSBAND, CHILDREN, AND iPHONE.
So beautiful, right? Slimy, but beautiful. Admire the beauty (and destruction and loss and renewal and growth that comes with it) around around us.
Aniche, aniche, aniche.
SAME-DAY UPDATE: SO, IT TURNS OUT THAT SLUGS HATCH FROM EGGS AND THIS "BABY" OUR FAMILY IS CHECKING OUT IS PROBABLY A SLUG'S PENIS. STILL BEAUTIFUL THOUGH, RIGHT? SO. I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING MORE TO SAY, EXCEPT NOW I HAVE TO GO SHOW THIS TO MY KIDS AND EXPLAIN THAT WE WERE WRONG. IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE SLUG INSIGHTS INTO WHAT, EXACTLY, THIS IS A VIDEO OF, PLEASE SHARE! -KAB