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6 Things I Learned From a Bird

I have always enjoyed birds! I love to listen to the cardinals sing,  I greet the day with the robins at daybreak and make a wish when I see a yellow finch. I dream as the seagulls sail through the skies, appreciate the sky art as the geese form up to make flying more streamline and I pause to watch the majestic eagle fishing in a bold dive! It occurred to me that in watching and enjoying these winged creatures I can learn so many lessons. 

Let's start with the obvious.

1.  Follow the sun. Migratory birds fly to places where the water doesn't freeze and their food isn't buried beneath snow! They return 'home' when Mother Nature is in a kinder, gentler mood. This is brilliant! If I have it my way I too will be a 'snow bird' and fly south for a  few months of the year. 

2. Dive In! Nothing more awe inspiring then seeing a Bald Eagle drop from the sky to snatch a fish from the water. When a bird is soaring through the sky and sees food it will often nose dive and scoop up it's prey. Pelicans are fun to watch make a big splash as they fish.  If not a nose dive they swoop low and grab what they are after. Translated into human behavior, being direct and assertive can help us move forward in life and get what we desire. You might miss when you dive, but if you don't try you'll go hungry. 

3. Just sit around and sing! Sing to make yourself known. Sing to make sure others hear what you have to say. Singing is their form of communication. We humans could benefit from that lesson! Singing can make you feel better almost instantly, singing along to our favorite song is an instant mood booster.  Think about what would happen if you sang your frustrations or statements to someone. HA! HA! (This would be a fun social experiment!) I am going to guess people would listen more closely than if we were speaking in angry tones. Then perhaps change would occur because we are heard and respected. The birds sing to mark their territory, the other birds know this and steer clear.

4. Squawking will cause you to miss out on good stuff. I love feeding the seagulls at the beach. I only have to throw one small crumb out to one single gull and we will be quickly joined by many beautiful white and gray birds ready to enjoy the handouts. If you watch closely there will always be one 'bossy' bird squawking so loudly to chase the others off, that he misses the handout. While he is making all his noise the others are moving in around him and picking up the goodies!  This always makes me laugh, because it easily translates into human behavior. The ones that gripe and complain are usually the same people who cannot enjoy life.

5. Working together makes the job easier. The geese are forming a perfect V as they fly over (as they fly to warmer places) honking at each other in encouragement(singing to communicate) and they make the trip easier on everyone. I witnessed the craziest thing while walking the other day. I heard a weird noise above and looked up to see the geese all flying in a circular mess. I have never seen them move in any other way then to fall into formation and go forward. That day they could not seem to establish who was leading and which direction to go.... The noise was not the usual honks of encouragement. It was a busy buzz of honks and tones as they circled around one another in effort to organize. After a few minutes they did form the familiar V and then headed in a southerly direction. Demonstrating, once again, that squawking just makes it harder to get what you want. 

6. Knowing where you fit in makes life easier. If you take the time to watch a bunch of birds on a wire you will see them sitting very near each other. When a new bird wants to land on the line and it tries to 'fit in' the birds on either or both sides will peck at it...it pecks back....sometimes they make room, sometimes it flies off to a different spot on the line and tries again. The lesson here is seeing, as you look for the just right place to land, you may not 'fit' on the line when you first try. You might get 'pecked' at so hard you must move on to a more comfortable fit.  We humans don't always pay attention the way these birds seemed to, probably because the human 'pecking' is much more subtle. Just know, it's okay to move on when it's time. 

Nature is a wonderful teacher. The design is amazing, humans often forget that having a brain to think doesn't always make us smarter. If you are stuck on what to do,try asking "What would nature do?"  Then go outside and observe, you most likely will get a very practical answer.

Written by Cindy White  


Cindy is an eternal optimist, that spends a great deal of her time thinking while communing with nature! :)

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