According to folklore, the amount of black on the woolly bear in autumn varies proportionately with the severity of the coming winter in the locality where the caterpillar is found. The longer the woolly bear’s black bands, the longer, colder, snowier, and more severe the winter will be.
As I walked on the Friendship Trail during lunch on Tuesday, I had to keep an eye out for the woolly bear caterpillars. They were everywhere and I could have easily stepped on one.
What does this have to do with endurance? It’s not about the caterpillar’s folklorish indicator of winter. Rather, it’s the endurance of crawling their way to a safe spot to curl up and survive the winter. And much like humans and other animals, no matter what the season will bring, to endure to the other side – spring – is what really matters.