Anyone who really knows me, knows I am afraid of insects. However, I am in love with dragonflies. They have such beautiful, delicate wings and they are so graceful in flight. I also love dragonflies because of the symbolism they hold for me. For me, dragonflies, much like butterflies, symbolize transformation and wisdom.
Why Are They Called Dragonflies?
Let’s begin with the basic question I asked myself while writing this post. Google has a lot of explanations, but most responses claim that there is fossil evidence dragonflies were large flying insects, in the shape of a dragon. I assume that at the time that these fossils were dug up, people believed in dragons. Hundreds of years ago, unearthing a fossil that looks something like a dragon with a wingspan of nearly two and a half feet would probably lead you to believe you found a flying dragon.
Seeing a Broader Perspective
Almost 80 % of a dragonfly’s brain power is dedicated to one thing – its sight. A dragonfly’s head is almost all eyes – two enormous, bulging eyes. And they are compound eyes. As human beings, we have just one lens in each eye. A dragonfly has many lenses in each eye – actually, some 20,000 – 30,000 lenses. A dragonfly sees through all these eyes at once, and as a result it can see all 360 degrees around it.
We humans walk around always seeing life from one lens – our own. Wouldn’t it be great to view life like a dragonfly with a broader perspective? I think if everyone viewed things with a larger or different perspective, many of the problems we have in the world today would disappear. Imagine viewing life from a polar bear’s point of view. Would you be more concerned about global warming? What if a big game hunter was put himself in the position of the lion, would he still feel that being shot at with an automatic weapon is a fair? What about a white person sitting in the shoes of a black person when they are pulled over by the police? In all of these situations, I think people would make different decisions about what is right, fair or important.
The Lifespan Of A Dragonfly
The lifespan of a dragonfly is short. It is only one to two months. It leaves the underwater world it has called home for years to live a brief time as a beautiful flying being. The dragonfly reminds us to embrace change and live life to its fullest. Because its time on earth is so short, the dragonfly must use it wisely. Like the dragonfly, we need to make the most of every single day that we have on this earth. Life is too short to waste time. Life is too short to hold grudges. Life is too short to spend it trying to be someone or something that we are not.
Think about the dragonfly on this Earth Day. Let’s take care of the earth. Our home. The dragonfly’s home. The world would not be as beautiful without them.