It is a typical October Portland morning today. Cloud is all over the sky, barely allowing the sun to radiate through. Rain’s falling down, bringing the leaves along with its chill. And here I am at Caffe Vita, enjoying my cup of French Press.
There’s always something magical about coffee shops. I don’t know whether it holds true in other parts of the world as it is in Portland, but there’s just something about it here. When you have a friend with you, coffee shops will surely usher you to have a good conversation, companied by a good cup of coffee. By yourself, you may find yourself meandering in some good reads or reflecting/thinking of some sort. In this state of mind, you can find almost the most insignificant thing to be inspiring.
There is an ant on my table, creeping its way to me. Some people might just ignore it or plain crush it. It’s only an ant, one little creature with no significant important to most of us. I decide to blow it off my table. I took a breath and blow the air out of my mouth. It doesn’t move. More precisely, it is holding on to its ground. It realizes that there’s a force, wind blowing against it, but it decides to stay firm. Or at least trying to. However, it only takes me a deeper air intake to throw it off my table. And so it flies away.
I can still see the ant when it lands. It shakes its body a little and continues to move on. As a matter of fact, it is creeping to up to my table again as I’m typing.
It gets me thinking. If you’ve ever played with insects, you know that there’s no stopping them from moving. I know that the only way to stop it is to crush it completely, but I let it be; its resilience speaks something to me: as long as it has a limb to move, it will move.
Resilience is strength. It is the power to endure, to shake things off, and to move on. It will never stop, until it is completely crushed. Keep going, continue on, and don’t give up pushing and pressing on. Learn from the ant and get moving. Regardless what have happened in the past, know that nothing can stop yourself but you. Gather your strength again and move again.
A little something I got from my coffee time this morning.