I attempt to live by a simple, yet, challenging, way: Do what
you want and harm nothing. This requires me to question
everything which requires paying attention to even the
smallest of my actions; this mindfulness enables me to honour
the black fly even as I kill it.
Here in Thunder Bay, the sun is strong and brillant today;
the harbour is beginning to freeze but it will take several weeks
before the ice is too thick for ships to navigate. The black fly
is our spring summer nemesis; not so bad in town but step into
the bush in June and understand the concept of swarming; walk further in and
the no-see-ums wait. There are ways to reduce the need/desire to kill
the attackers, chamomile tea used as a lotion repeals them for
a short time. Staying out of the bush in June also helps.