Serendipity of the Dragonfly

twelve spotted skimmer

I only noticed the dragonfly on the screen this morning because the internet connection was broken. My morning modus operandi is to make a pot of coffee (strong enough to walk to the cup by itself), then wander into the office to check my two e-mail accounts, my two Facebook accounts, and my site statistics for the blog. Then I squander an hour or so rambling around the internet and posting ridiculous pictures and quotes on Facebook. I rarely see the beauty that Mother Nature provides until after 9:00 a.m.

This morning, however, the Internet gods had abandoned me. When I plopped down at my desk, I opened my browser to find that I couldn’t get an internet connection on my computer. Frantic, I raced for the iPhone for a 3G connection, but got zip, nada, bupkiss . I got the same story with my iPad. It was a conspiracy! Both Charter Cable and ATT wanted to drive me out of my mind. I thought it was the Apocalypse, but that doesn’t happen until December 21st (so they say). “What has happened to my world?” I wailed, as the five felines at my feet joined in sympathetic caterwauling.

Despondent, I sat on the porch with my coffee pondering my predicament. “Without the Internet,” I wondered, “what is the meaning of life?” Clearly, I need some intervention, because I’m addicted to the Internet!

I struggled to remember what I did with myself before the WWW took over my world. Yes, I’m ancient enough to remember life before the internet (and there was life), but I’m old and my memory is shot. Feeling bereft, I opened my eyes and saw the battle-scarred beauty clinging to the window screen and was instantly enchanted. I grabbed my camera to see if he (I think it is a “he”) would “pose” for me. You can click the picture to see a close-up, if you so desire.

As you can see, the Internet eventually came back, and I was able to discover that my visitor is a “Twelve-spotted Skimmer.” Obviously, his life has been a hard one recently, for you can see that his wing is torn. Even so, he is quite lovely.

“Don’t dragonflies have some kind of symbolism?” I thought. This led me to look up the folklore of the dragonfly, where I found this passage:

The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization; and the kind of change that has its source in mental and emotional maturity and the understanding of the deeper meaning of life.

As we said in the Sixties, “Heavy, man.”

Was it serendipity or synchronicity that I should find a dragonfly on the morning that I am pondering my internet addiciton? I have no clue. However, I am interpreting my meeting the dragonfly this morning to mean that perhaps the Universe is telling me to turn off the computer and discover the real “WWW” — the Whole Wide World! It’s a day to discover what to do without the internet!

What would you do?

  7 comments for “Serendipity of the Dragonfly

  1. September 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Dragonflies have always intrigued me. They are so graceful yet you have the feeling they are constantly striving. That sensation is probably at the heart of the lore that surrounds them.

  2. September 18, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Definitely a Sign with a capital S 🙂 No internet would probably find me running around with my kids in one way or another. Then I’d probably bake some stuff and crack open one of those old things called books.

    • September 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Books are a good thing, which reminds me that I should go to the library. I figured it was a sign, but I don’t follow directions well.

  3. September 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Even if the Internet is down, I am still surrounded by it. I met my husband online in an RPG. We have three children. :O)

    • September 27, 2012 at 10:19 am

      I’m not saying that the internet is bad, LuAnn. I just wish I wasn’t so addicted to it (my avoidance of it didn’t last an entire 24 hours …)

  4. September 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    however, if there had been NO internet, we would not have met (virtually) . . . or maybe, serendipity being what it is, we might have met/still will meet in real life.


    • September 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

      I would like that, my friend. But, we are going to have to meet in the middle! Alaska and Texas are pretty dadgum far apart.

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