This is a view out of our kitchen window, overlooking Aida (Arabic: مخيم عايده) Refugee Camp. The West Bank Separation Wall sits on top of the hill, out of focus.
This bird, with its nest nearby, probably never flew over to the other side.
But it can, if it wants to.
Our apartment is no king’s mansion, yet a lizard found its way inside, with no commotion.
It’s liked by almost no one, hated by many, but fazed it is not.
It abandons old skin, sometimes a tail, advancing forward, leaving all distractions behind.
We, on the other hand, often worry about trivial things.
We could learn a thing or two from a lizard, not looking back, skipping forward; seeking, finding, then doing.
“Four things on earth are small,
yet they are extremely wise:
Ants are creatures of little strength,
yet they store up their food in the summer;
hyraxes are creatures of little power,
yet they make their home in the crags;
locusts have no king,
yet they advance together in ranks;
a lizard can be caught with the hand,
yet it is found in kings’ palaces”