In an earlier post on perseverance, I shared a picture of the bird that had taken up residence on my front porch post. She'd been given a 'power assist' through a platform extension that allowed her to safely build her nest. I call her Marcia and her male companion, John.
What a joy it's been to observe them! I've watched Marcia sit in her nest for days, then wriggle as she's laid her eggs. I've seen John come feed her beak-to-beak as she's maintained her vigil. Eventually I saw one, then two hatchlings poke above the nest, open-mouthed, with a single fluff of fuzz conspicuously adorning otherwise bare heads. He also fed the babies. I had no idea males were involved with feeding.
I noticed that once their offspring were born, John and Marcia were no longer as visible. They seemed to stop by the nest infrequently. When the weather turned unexpectedly cold, I was concerned. 'Marcia, where the heck are you? Are you out at a new Moms support group? Don't you know it's cold out and your babies might freeze? And what about you, John? Where ARE you guys?'
During a break from my computer work, I could sense there was no activity in the nest. I called a friend and sadly related the news that I thought the babies had died.
Shortly thereafter, I noticed Marcia on the side of the nest. Her head was pointed down as she wriggled her head side to side as if shaking the babies (or what was left of them) to 'wake up!' She did this from one edge of the nest to the other. Then she sat inside.
In that moment, I realized how much I was judging these birds. I obviously knew nothing about bird rules, but from my well-meaning, highly limited viewpoint, they didn't know what they were doing! It was a humbling lesson to catch myself reacting. I then re-centered in remaining neutral as a privileged observer, trusting in the wisdom of nature with a 'live and let live' perspective.
Shortly after Marcia had returned, I was relieved to see fuzzy heads once again poke out of the nest. As I was writing this post days later, I quickly grabbed my camera. This endearing moment captures John. Both he and Marcia continue to tend to their babies.
Photo Credit: Catherine Lenard
Resistance. Acceptance. Renewal. How many times do you go through this cycle in your own life?
Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal (Spring) equinox. On Good Friday, the moon (in the midwestern U.S.) rose unusually golden, huge in the eastern sky with a presence that seemed to command, "Look up, take notice."
As winter is followed by spring, challenges in our lives are followed by renewal. Wherever you are or whatever you may be going through, stop for a moment. Take notice of the cycle of renewal that is taking place all around you. Do you not think you are part of the miracle? You are a miracle.
In the spirit of Easter, may you steadily rise above what tethers you so you may fully express the beauty of the Love that you are.
Photo credit: anitapatterson
Having a discussion with a friend over the weekend, the topic of saying 'yes' or 'no' came up. Having 'walked the walk' of a self-perpetuated background of 'no,' it is more transparent to recognize it in others.
As Facebook just changed their Pages format, they recommend providing an image that represents what the Page is about. I was satisfied that together with the book's cover, the graphic I designed (above) accurately represented the Divine Riches message.
As a result of that personal conversation (not the easiest), adding the words Are You Saying 'Yes' or 'No' to Your Life? was a natural, unexpected progression to completing the visual Facebook message. It's become the new headline on the home page of the DR web site, will be a seminar topic, and provided a 'thought spark' for an upcoming media interview.
It's an interesting case-in-point how unforeseen good can come from saying 'yes' to situations that present themselves in our lives. This weekend, it was having the courage to honestly and openly share the way I felt, surrendering 'what ifs' of outcome.
PS: You can see the completed Page (clearer image and photo explanation) by visiting http://www.facebook.com/divineriches.