Cicada’s Calling


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Cicadas are singing a hot summer evening’s reminder of important life’s lessons. Though I am not an entomologist by any stretch of one’s imagination, I believe the life of a cicada is not an easy one, much like ours.

Mother cicada does her best to give her children a secure start by laying her eggs securely inside a healthy tree branch. The young cicada hatchlings are off on their first great life adventure in the form of a fall from their tree branch to what will be their new underground home. They grow up in a dark subterranean world.

But somewhere inside of this alien looking creature, is a destiny to be much more. They each must long in their inner bug being to fly and to sing cicada’s love songs in the tepid air of summer’s afternoons.

I imagine their friend Earthworm laughing a wormy cackle if the cicada could somehow share its dream with him.

“Don’t be ridiculous!, Worm might snort indignantly. “Take one look at yourself and you will see that you are at your best digging around in the soil. You  have certainly not been built for flight. Better stay here with me safe and sound underground.”

But a cicada cannot be swayed from destiny’s inner call and will struggle to the surface and crawl up a nearby tree trunk. The journey into the unfamiliar light and air must be a frightening shock to the determined cicada. Finally exhausted from his climb he can go no further and falls into a deep rest…

All a part of his life’s plan, our cicada friend awakens to find himself trapped in his old shell that now seems incredibly smothering and tight. He stretches and writhes in pain only to break free from his old self and reveals to his disbelief a new self, complete with wings! He takes a huge breath in amazement and let’s out a loud click that is a sweet sound to his cicada ears. “Wings and a song!” he exclaims with each successive click. He knew he always had it in him to sing and to fly!

As I sit on my back porch typing to the pulsating drone of the cicadas’ love serenade, I am left to wonder what purpose and destiny has God whispered into my soul? What fears and comforts must I shed in-order to joyfully sing my life’s song with loving abandon? Will I be too afraid to fly and fail to find my reason for being? Dr. Wayne Dyer admonishes people saying, “Don’t die with your music still in you!” I listen and hear my cicada neighbors clicking their enthusiastic agreement.

Damn the wormy so-called friends who try to keep you mired in the darkness of life’s muck! Your inner heart is calling. It may be trying to lead you to a metamorphosis of amazing adventure and opportunities that will allow you to live a life that is truly on-purpose. A purpose that no other creature on this planet can satisfy. You must choose to risk a fall, a climb and many life changes to grow into your destiny.

It’s only natural. It’s why you were created.

Author/Flier, Richard Bach says that the the simple test to see if your mission on this earth is complete is, “if you’re still here, it isn’t.” Be on a mission to learn your life’s love song. Choose to fly!

Let the cicadas’ drone be a reminder to you to choose to be the best and only you that you can be!

Don’t let the worms bug you!

Enjoy the summer’s of life!

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About Andrew W Dix, M.S.
Author, Motivational Speaker, Performance Improvement Specialist, Executive Coach, Trainer, Reiss Motivation Profile Master and Private Pilot. Expertise in motivation, leadership, strengths, management, coaching, advertising and sales.

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