One evening earlier this week, my friend Brizos was driving home from work. He wrote to me,
“As I drove home from Marco Island, Florida on the causeway (951/Collier Blvd) that connects Marco Island to Naples, I had to stop in the middle of the road for a perfectly healthy, very large Florida Panther. There weren’t many cars on the road but this guy just STOPPED… in the middle of the road. Of course being the brave and mighty Brizos, I actually was considering getting out of the truck and going up to check on him… [my friend thought better of that idea] … Anyway, this guy (yes he was definitely a boy) just stood in the middle of the road – and stared at me for a moment or two before deciding to jaunt around and head back into the wood.”
So, Brizos asked me to address the Florida Panther, and how it fits in with the Florida Earthways Path.
I directed him to the Cougar/Mountain Lion/Puma page on the wonderful website, http://www.animalspirits.com/index1.html . It has an awesome photo of a Cougar, and a story about the Cougar from the Zunis. According to the website, the
Cougar/Mountain Lion/Puma’s Wisdom Includes:
- Using leadership power wisely and without ego
- Balancing power, intention, strength
- Gaining self-confidence
- Freedom from guilt
In the Florida Earthways Path, the Florida Panther represents the North, the Earth. My Friend was driving NORTH on 951, through-and-into this Panther’s Territory* and he sees this Cat, (a large wild animal yet a little smaller than my friend,) the Cat’s standing there, with the attitude like he is singing “I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
So here are some additional questions:
1. Which way did Panther go, when he went off into the woods? East or West? That will provide us with more information.
2. What were you thinking about, just before you saw him? We must practice Mindfulness at all times, which isn’t easy…
* The Florida Panther Habitat intersects with the Florida Everglades.
What a blessing this is to you, my friend!
Watch out for this Cat and his family as you travel through this vast wet land.
A-Ho! (It is so!)
11/14/2010: I have edited this post. ~WM~