Saturday, January 29, 2011
Since last spring, there has been a male cardinal that flits from the rhododendron onto the outside window ledges all day long. He perches and taps on the windows from morning to night. He starts on the dining room window, then works his way to the den's window. For some reason he skips the bathroom window. Several times I've been startled when I'm in the basement loading the washing machine and he unexpectedly begins tapping on that window. On the weekends, the constant tap, tap, tap can drive you mad.
DH said not to worry; it will pass. It's mating season and he's fighting off the threatening male when he sees his reflection. Mating season came and went and fall set in. I hoped that he would fly south with the other birds that only summer in Pennsylvania. But no such luck; this is his permanent residence.
Some days it feels a little spooky--like he's stalking me. I just sat down at the computer this morning and within minutes he was at the window ledge peering in intently and then he began his tap, tap, tap. It reminds me of the creepy Burger King commercial where the King is looking in an apartment window. I'm watching you . . . I know what you're doing.
As I watch him, it occurs to me that we are often like that cardinal. Do you look at your reflection in the mirror and wonder why you're not seeing improvement? We get in a pattern and never change it up. Whether it's our workouts at the gym, our running schedules, our eating patterns, or the way we do our jobs. So, today, let's mix it up. Work out with more intensity--go faster, go farther, go heavier, go longer. Add new exercises, eat more, eat less, add new foods.
Let's not be that crazy cardinal. Spring is just around the corner (depending on the prognostication of Punxsutawney Phil LOL); let's see a new, improved reflection.