Do you live in a Cicada region? This is not a question you need to think about. If you have to do research, the answer is no.
If you do live in a Cicada region (along the East and Southern coasts of the US) you are currently WELL aware of the air filled with swooping swirling insects the size of humming birds, bug shells over every inch of sidewalk, and the loudest collective vibrating HUMMMMMM you have ever heard. Those of us who share our neighborhoods with these curious creatures are treated to watching the emergence and reinvention of a species who live underground for 17 years, come out to quickly change from larvae to winged insect and then sing and mate (like crazy) for about two weeks, before they lay eggs and are gone.
As I duck and weave to avoid stepping on or being landed upon, I am struck by the thought of waiting 17 years to emerge and reinvent. I mean, 17 YEARS! Sheesh. Every Tuesday as I sit in my Weight Watchers meeting I am unbelievably grateful that I can emerge and reinvent every week if I want the scale to bear different results. (You know what really enjoys emerging during those meetings? My muffin-top. *sigh*)
We actually have the luxury to emerge and reinvent every single moment! I practiced this gift recently as I found myself over-the-top frustrated with a logistics conversation. I had a LOT to accomplish that day on my keynote speaker checklist, and I realized the details and annoyance of that conversation were controlling my thoughts. I quickly changed into my running gear and went to sweat it out. While we are not always able to stop our day for a full-blown workout – we CAN make a break for the parking lot, sidewalk, or city streets for a quick reinvention ramble. 15 minutes of physical activity away from the source of frustration can do wonders for the rest of your day.
As I sit here listening to the Cicada Song that will not fill the trees for another 17 years, I am going to use every chance I have to emerge and reinvent. How about you?