Maintenance and the Kite
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
If I'm lucky when I run my early monday morning hill workout, I see a kite hunting for her breakfast over the fields. It always feels like a special moment to me, the bird's hovering motion is unusual as it watches for prey on the ground (like a mouse)...she flaps her wings hard and fast to stay in one position, then drops to pounce on the target. If the prey ducks underground, she floats off to look elsewhere.
Last week while driving to work, i saw TWO kites hovering in tandem...what a beautiful sight! I love watching this bird because the hovering motion is a unique and graceful combination of power and focus and persistence...not many birds of prey hunt this way.
It occurs to me that my maintenance program might be inspired by the bird that I admire. Everyday I have to focus intently on my target, then work hard to "hover" at my maintenance weight. It takes effort, but--like the bird--I was built to do it so it's not "unfair" or "unnatural" in any way. Like the Kite, the way I pursue my target might be different than others (who might dive from on-high) but with persistence I can be successful.
The hovering kite is also a beautiful metaphor; staying in one place (maintaining) is not about stillness, but about moving with intent and in a way that covers no ground and neither goes up or down and yet has a clear purpose (and reward).
Here's a link to a video of a white-tailed kite hovering: