When I went outside the other day, I saw this spider.
It’s about the size of a quarter with its legs extended, which by local spider standards, is pretty big. Compared to humans, it’s tiny and insignificant.
Here’s a view at night. What do you notice? Besides the fact that I don’t have a great camera, I mean.
This spider has created a little haven for itself, sheltered by the tree next to it, hidden from most predators. It’s the perfect spot. I wouldn’t have even known it was there if I hadn’t seen it against the blue sky. No telling how long it had been there before I saw it.
Can you imagine being one inch long and having 25 feet of empty space between you and your goal? I can’t. This guy didn’t stop and think “It will be nearly impossible to achieve my goal, so I won’t even try.” Mostly because it doesn’t have a brain, so it can’t actually process complex (or even simple) thoughts. It just has ganglia that give it feedback from the environment. That’s neither here nor there. It’s still an amazing feat.
It’s humbling. There are a couple of ways to look at the indefatigable determination of this little critter.
Nothing is impossible if we just try.
Spiders could be anywhere. Even hanging over your head right now. Watching you.
Makes you think, doesn’t it.