365 Days in Aspen

Oh, Deer

deerWhile the sight of a deer is not exactly unusual (after all, I saw a herd of deer in the back yard of a house where I used to live in Atlanta). But it is a beautiful – and distinctively meaningful – vision to behold. 

I pulled over just to take a picture of this beautiful Aspen grove when this deer appeared.  

If you know me, (the person who literally "wrote the book" on things happening for a reason), it shouldn't surprise you that I believe in paying attention to signs. To notice messages to teach us something. This includes "spirit animals" or "animal totems," which basically means that when we see these creatures there's something for us to pay attention to. In the case of a deer, most sources say it's a sign to pay attention and listen (symbolized by the deer's big ears). They are also a beautiful combination of agility and fragility. 

Here are a couple of sites with information on the deer as a spirit animal:

Deer Spirit Animal

Deer Power Animal Symbol Of Gentleness Unconditional Love And Kindness

And here's a song from the movie Begin Again by (and I believe about) John Carney with Keira Knightly, Adam Levine and Mark Ruffalo. It has some interesting lyrics about a lion and a deer. 

And I loved this scene about how Mark Ruffalo's producer character can envision the potential for a song. Lyrically, it's about taking chances. To "take a step you can't take back."