• Kaaren Poole

The Comfort of Being Part of Something Larger


Four Pups of the Cranberry Tribe in Voyageur National Park in Minnesota



Last week, first thing one morning I spent time just sitting on the deck and taking everything in. In just a few minutes, I saw a pair of cardinals, bluebirds, tufted titmice, a squirrel, a pair of Canada geese, followed by a pair of mallards and then a great blue heron landing on the pond. It was incredibly peaceful and inspiring to realize that I am just a small part of the plentitude of life in even such a small space as my property.


It was an example of being part of something larger than oneself, and I think that feeling is one of the most healing ones there is.


Then the other day, I enjoyed this feeling once more.


I happened upon a series of videos from the Voyageurs wolf project here: https://www.voyageurswolfproject.org/videos. One of them was a compilation from a wildlife camera of the animals passing by a certain spot in the park over a period of several months. Thank goodness the whole story of our lives is not merely human but has us as a single player on a very expansive stage. I need to remember that all the time.


The photos in this post are from the Voyageur Wolf Project Facebook page. I truly appreciate the people who dedicate themselves to this cause and hope you’ll be inspired to visit their website or social media.




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