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31 Mar

Muskrat Love

Ah, those first sixty degree days of spring make me want to breathe in the soft air very deeply and turn my face to the sun in gratitude. The creek seems to be giddy with happiness too as she gurgles over the rocks on her route to the lake. I stand at the ledge where the bike path seems right on top of the rushing water. This is the spot where I met my muskrat friends two years ago. I stare at the vacated nest they burrowed into the bank of the creek.

I miss them. They taught me much about the passion for life that is created while contentedly going about a life filled with work. Both parents would swim up stream to get to the reeds of plants that lined a hilly ridge. They would tear at a clump of stems with their sharp teeth and then blissfully float home on gentle currents with their mouths full of dinner for their young. Later in the year, a litter of sweet babies emerged from the underwater entrance to their cozy den. I witnessed mama muskrat patiently teach her children where to go and what to do to survive in this world. She seemed to have a real flair of dedicated passion as she steered them in the right direction. Some days they would all be floating around serenely as if congratulating themselves for getting the work done. Waves of contentment glistened off their coats of dark, brown fur as their long, flat tails wiggled back and forth.

I believe we can all live our lives with that sense of passion for our work ~ for each other. I saw a new movie based on a true story, McFarland USA, that showed us how following a passionate calling in life can lead to benefits for many people. Jim White (played by Kevin Costner) was a high school coach who lost his job. He ends up moving his family to a disadvantaged, Hispanic community. I don’t want to issue a spoiler alert, so I’ll just say that he used his talents to help young athletes be the best they can be. More importantly, his desire for people to be treated fairly and have opportunities in this world shines through. I love stories that show us what can happen when people take whatever circumstances they find themselves in and are willing to use what they have to offer to make things better.

Spring is the season of inspiration. Let’s all use whatever work or ideas we are passionate about to help bring about the best possible world for all. No matter how many challenges are put on our path, the seasons really do change and we can make a difference. Let’s take all that we have to offer and move it forward. Muskrat love is passion in action.

Muskrat Speaks


About the Author

Written by Pen Augustin

Pen Augustin is author of Waves of Light and The Priestess Tale series. She is also founder of Lady of the Lake Holistic Health. Pen loves to give messages about how we can heal ourselves and bring balance to our beloved planet. Living near the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, she enjoys spending time in nature and communing with the local wildlife.


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