Life Lessons from Musca domestica

I had an ugly reminder today of how to live beautifully.

My wife and I had just sat down to play a challenging game of chess. (The challenge is only for me, as she’s a natural pro!)

No sooner than we had sat down, when an annoying house fly made its presence known by dive bombing our heads. It obviously wanted to get to know us personally and up close. Made me laugh, you know, really cute…. for about 20 seconds.

House_FlyAfter a minute of this fly wanting our attention, we gave it. Gladly.  We both got up and started chasing the thing to shoo it out an open door.  Definition of Futile – “To chase something far smaller, and far faster than yourself.”

So, having the larger brain, we decide to win using Technology.  The Insectivore Weapon of Mass Destruction – The Vacuum!   OH NO!!!!!  (Spiders shriek and shrink back into their nether worlds and corners.)  So, we take off any attachments and just use the long part of the vacuum tube to chase the pesky guy around the living room, trying to get close and suck it up. Yes, I’m sure Mr. Musca Domestica was quite happy with someone to finally play with. Alas, we had other intentions!

WARNING  if there are any Fly Lovers reading this- SPOILER ALERT- this story does not end pretty. Just stop reading here and picture it happy on some bear dung in the wild somewhere…

After about 20 frustrating minutes, we had almost destroyed a few glass knick-knacks by us swinging the extension of the vacuum, and still no luck.  The fly just kept taunting us and landing on her, and then me. I’m sure other flys in the area could hear it’s high pitched insect belly laughs!

Tired and with our spirits broken, we sat down and decided we’d use logic and patience since technology and hard work had failed us. We decided, “OK, a fly’s life span is what about 5-10 days? Why not just see if we can “let if be” for a while, and in 10 days we’ll pay tribute to it in a fine windowsill burial somewhere?”  OK, back to the chess game…

All of a sudden, we hear BZZZZZZZ THWACK SSSSS, and then that particular acrid smell. The fly had flown right into the halogen bulb of our floor lamp, and was now just a sizzling hot insect entree for a local bird.

We laughed at our own efforts and attempts. Then, we thanked the fly for its sacrifice just to remind us –

  1. Give your problem to the Universe, and it will use Tools and Connections that you aren’t even aware of to fix your “needs”.
  2. Step out of the Immediacy of any “problem”, and you’ll find that it solves itself IF given an opportunity.
  3. Don’t EVER overstay your welcome at our house!   (hee-hee)

(And, YES,  thanks for asking…..  I DID win the game of chess.   It was a good day.)


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