Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Latest posting for the Health Activist Writing Month Challenge WEGO http://blog.wegohealth.com

Prompt #24: Health Mascot. Give yourself, your condition, or your health focus a mascot. Is it a real person? Fictional? Mythical being? Describe them. Bonus points if you provide a visual! 

My Mascot Is


Hummingbird is, to me, the perfect mascot for caregiving and for life. Hummingbird has endurance for long journeys, and in the Inkan theology is the archetype for when thoughts and life/action become epic. She teaches us malleability or compliance, to "roll with the punches" and adapt to whatever life may hand us. She embodies simple courage, to accept life as it is, to make the most of a bad situation, and to drink deeply of the nectar of life.

Hummingbirds help us to reinvent our relationship with the past, teaching us to never, never look back at what might have been, but showing us how to re-visit the past for the purpose of releasing it instead of being caught in a permanently backward flight pattern. They also help us to see that if we step aside we may see our life differently.

She also shows us how to transcend time, to recognize that what has happened in the past and what might happen in the future is not nearly as important as what we are experiencing now. She teaches us to hover in the moment, to appreciate its sweetness. The Hummingbird can help you to find joy and sweetness in any situation. Its swiftness is always a reminder to grab joy while you can—as quickly as you can.

And finally, Hummingbird is a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible. She will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances. She symbolizes freedom, energy, tireless joy, and is the ONLY birds that can fly backwards. Sounds like some caregivers I know.

These definitions were taken from the following sources:
Animal Speak - The Book

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