Gifts from ants

Photo Credit  Salmen Bejaoui  |  Unsplash

Photo Credit Salmen Bejaoui | Unsplash

I’m probably as surprised as you are to find that ants are leading us to the Bird Garden. More importantly, their queen demonstrates the beauty of giving up our wings for the sake of future generations…

Over the course of the past 48 hrs I’ve had ‘visitations’ by a little group of ants on my kitchen worktop. And because they coincided with a writing project with which I was struggling, I knew they had something to tell me…

Thank you, Ted Andrews. Ants. Symbols of industriousness, order and discipline. Ant, I also learn ‘… teaches us that regardless of circumstances, if the effort is true, the rewards will follow – in the most beneficial time and manner. Ant is the promise of success through effort.’ How encouraging when grounded by industriousness!

They also ask us to ask ourselves various questions – these two ran across the worktop of my consciousness, ‘Are you neglecting important activities?’ and ‘Are you making things greater and more difficult than they need be?’ As it happened the answer was ‘Yes, probably’ in both cases…

‘Our opulence as artists is not in our overabundance, but in the humility to abandon our multiple options and to place our serene love in a single one of them.’
— Rolando Toro Araneda (Founder of Biodanza)

But I also learned something applicable and deeply valuable to the creatives among us. The queen ant pulls off her own wings after being fertilised for the sake of giving birth to her progeny. This reminded me of Rolando Toro Araneda’s quote on the subject of creativity.


We ground some of our other soaring ideas for the sake of the ‘serene love ‘ of creative focus which we feel most called to honour. This is the example of the queen ant - she sacrifices flight for giving birth.

On a lighter note, this is the little ditty which came out of the learning. My voice is a bit croaky - apologies.

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I want to dedicate this post to a group of creatives – a huge and growing collective – who have chosen to place their ‘serene love’ in art which furthers the cause of Extinction Rebellion. In particular, I’d like to give a shout out to Sue Hampton (who dishes out a weekly chapter of her novella entitled ‘For Life’ and poet and writer Leslie Tate. They are both ‘arrestees’ and diligently serve Extinction Rebellion in their creativity and support of other creatives. Thank you!

P.S. Perhaps, too, the queen ant is showing us by example that we can stop flying for the sake of helping ensuring the survival of future generations as well!

P.P.S. Bar one solitary ant which I carefully deposited outside, they all disappeared within minutes of me ‘picking up their message’…