By Charles Towne
It has been several years since I was camping in the Ocala National Forest one dark night and pitched my tent on top of a fire ant’s nest.
By any chance have you ever noticed that fire ants are such sweet and endearing little creatures? Oh yes, and did I mention the fact that they can motivate one’s person to perform quite humorously? The following performance illustrates the fire ants entertainment factor quite well. The fire ants, about a zillion of them, attacked my person with great joy and incredible zeal.
I must say that it was with great motivation and enthusiasm that I fought my way out of my sleeping bag to do a wild dance, slapping at myself in the light of the campfire to get rid of the wee beasties.
I am sure that if anybody had seen me that night they would have concluded that there was a madman on the loose, and at that point, they were quite right! I am also quite sure it was somewhat entertaining, at least from a spectator’s point of view, to behold a naked dude dancing and cavorting in the light of a campfire way back in the woods.
Joe and Brenda, newlyweds, were spending their honeymoon hiking a portion of the Appalachian Trail when night overtook them. Clearing a small area of rocks and debris, the amorous couple made camp and retired.
During the night they awoke to realize there was something wiggling and squirming under the floor of the tent. They also had pitched their tent on a nest, but not a nest of fire ants. Oh no, it was a nest of newly hatched copperhead snakes. It was again with great motivation and enthusiasm that the two lovebirds abandoned their tent to spend a sleepless night cuddling next to a campfire.
Motivation and enthusiasm are good, they can drive you and give you the inspiration to do what you could never do without them.
We have all met people that seemed to somehow have the edge. They tackle life with an alacrity and joy that makes them a pleasure to be around. They somehow have within them an unquenchable Holy fire that spreads to others like a conflagration of love igniting within them an insatiable need to bless all.
Being forced to run away from a raging, hungry sabre-toothed brandlesnoot might possibly motivate you, as will a zillion stinging fire ants or a nest of poisonous snakes, but wouldn’t it be better to live your life in such a way that, without threat or possible danger you not only possess motivation and enthusiasm but you inspire it in others as well?
May the Son warm your heart,
Light your day,
Heal your pain,
And bring you great joy.
MY DAILY PRAYER
Dear Papa God, I thank you for gifting me with enthusiasm and love for life as well as a motivation to bless and help others. I want to please you oh Holy Father. Help me to be what you want me to be. Lord, help me to be a joy to others. Help me to inspire and give hope to all of your children, young and old, that I meet. I thank you Father, and I love you, In Jesus’ wonderful and Holy name I ask it, Amen.
Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.