Thursday, January 12, 2012

PBP: Totem animals

 “The power of Dragonfly lies in its ability to see around things by looking from different angles.” (Dragonfly Totems, n.d.)
 My totem came to me at a time when I was least expecting it.  I lived in a small town in Wisconsin and found that whenever I stepped outside, dragonflies would surround me.  Now, this may not be unusual except for the fact that I lived nowhere near any water source.  There was no standing water close by either. 
I was, however, at a point in my life where I simply existed.  I was in a long-distance relationship that was going nowhere fast.  I went to work, came home, went to bed, and did it all over again the next day.  All my children were out of the house and I could go a couple of weeks seeing only my patients and co-workers at the hospital. 
Therefore, when I noticed all these dragonflies around, I got online and read up on them.  I found that they represent change and transformation.  I was in dire need of change at that point in my life.  LOL What I was unaware of at the time is that this change might take a while.  See “dragonflies inhabit to separate realms: air and water” (Dragonfly, n.d.) therefore the number 2 figures into their influence.  Any change they may signal could be two years in the making and sure enough it was about a year and a half that my life was devoid of much social interaction. 
When my daughter came to visit me one time, her boyfriend did not want to make the two-hour drive home by himself, so he brought a friend along to keep him company.  Little did I know that friend would end up being my life-mate.  Yes, he is younger than I am by 19 years, but dragonfly teaches us that life is not always as it seems.  The magic of dragonfly allows us to “to see through life's illusions and find our true vision” (Dragonfly Totems, n.d.).  Our time together has been great for the most part, yes there have been very rough times but we have both seen things that we can change (there it is again) to make it better. 

I guess that dragonfly is not through with me yet!


  1. What an awesome thing you've shared here! I've always been fascinated by totems and in the past had always assumed mine was a cat. Recently I've had birds following me in odd places (like the crow that accidentally flew into the grocery store and therefore kind of lived there). I've been researching what the birds could perhaps be wanting to tell me.

  2. I had a friend once that got kicked out of her house in the middle of the night. Mind you, this was in the middle of the Rocky Mountains out in the middle of no where. There was a 'clubhouse' (at least that's what we called it) down the road a few miles so she started to make her way there. A bear followed her the entire way. Never getting close enough to make any sort of contact, just sort of out of the corner of her eye. It wasn't the first time she had a run in with a bear, but this was the most poignant for me. Once I explained it to her, she said it all made sense!

    Thanks for linking up to PPBH!


  3. Winter,

    It never dawned on my that my totem would be something such as a dragonfly. I always thought it would be an actual animal. I was even unaware that insects could be considered totems until I investigating the dragonfly.

  4. Kourtney,

    I do hope your friend ended up okay, that is a terrible thing to have happen to someone. Isn't it funny how these things show themselves in times of great need? Sometimes it does take another pointing things out before they can be seen.

    I have enjoyed PPBH as I have found many blogs on there that I now follow. Thank you for starting it!!