Every choice we make, every thought, or belief we hold, has the ability to take us away from the path or move us back onto the path. – Richard Wagamese
Pic: Bald Eagle Feather by JKPA
The book Óne Drum’ by Richard Wagamese, shares how the feather is a symbol of the journey we are on as human beings.
The feather’s shaft in the middle of the feather represents the foundation and the path we are on and the filaments beside the stem are the choices we make along our journey.
Every filament is a choice that has the ability to take us from our foundation and path, but it is also the way back at the same time.
Choice is a powerful teacher and we are always free to choose again.
In other words, we should not waste time and energy on regrets or our past decisions, but rather, focus on the opportunity we have each day, to choose a new direction that will move us back to our truth and freedom.
Richard Wagamese – Óne Drum’ stories and Ceremonies for a Planet / Douglas and McIntyre 2013 Ltd
24 thoughts on “A Symbol”
this is so true, and if we ever question it, all we need to do is to look back upon our lives so far, to see what landed us where we are
I agree Beth. Our choices hold great power in where we end up in life. Thank you 😊💕
I’ve never heard this before, it is perfect, I love the symbolism. Thanks, Karen. ❤
His wise, simple teachings help us to see life fully. Thank you Eliza 💕🧡
What a wonderful writer Richard Wagamese was/is.
His wisdom and story telling is timeless and he always inspires me. Thank you Ivon. 🙏🏻
Wonderful post, Karen. A very important comment you wrote which is worth repeating every so often: “Choice is a powerful teacher and we are always free to choose again.” 🙂
Yes and it’s a gift we can learn from our choices! Thanks Randall. Have a great week 😊
Beautiful words Karen. A many splendoured path we are on and indeed our choices attend us all in so many ways to help us achieve it. Great share, thank you 😀❤️🙏
I agree Mark. Our life is a beautiful gift when we choose well. Thank you 🙏🏻😊
Every filament is a choice … how powerful. Thank you for this awareness in the days ahead 💞
Yes! May we choose well, and expand our wings in life Thank you Val 💕
Karen, I’m just getting here to read your post. Feathers are a favorite natural symbol to find or notice and to pick up, look closely at and reflect on.
Until I read this, I wasn’t familiar with the intricate symbolism described here.
Henceforth I shall see feathers differently, if not more deeply than I have before. Thank you for offering this and for the introduction to the author. 💜🙏🏻
I’m so glad Carrie. You will love his books and wisdom. He died in 2017 when he was
62 yrs. But his wisdom and indigenous storytelling will live on for us all. 🤗🙏🏻
Karen, I will definitely look for his writings. We can learn so much from the wisdom of the indigenous people on any continent. 🙏🏻🤗
Absolutely agree. Thank you Carrie. 🙏🏻
Regrets steal our present time away from us. What a wonderful feeling to know we can always change our direction and get back to living in the present.
It is wonderful. To choose again and to not judge ourselves along the way. Thank you Michele 💕
Lovely message and reminder, thank you, Karen.
Thank you Jet. 💕🧡
Thank you, Karen, for these inspiring words. ❤
My pleasure. Thanks Carol 💕🧡
The feather is veryßymɓolìc tò me and is a sìgn òf fortune. 7 eagle feathers have found tĥeir waÿþo me.
Feathers are definitely a gift. How beautiful you have been given 7! The Eagle is very special. 🦅 🙏🏻