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The Things We Learn

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I meditate for about 20 minutes each morning. Some mornings, like this one, I sat on the front porch and inhaled the cacophony of sounds, smells and light. I had a front row seat to what I believe is the most amazing symphony known to us. Somewhere, each morning and evening, a divine conductor taps her baton once, maybe twice, and the harmony begins. I am grateful to be invited into this mystery. The birds begin with a chirp back and forth across the yard, the cicada begin to hum. I can smell the lilies and catch sight of the rabbits hopping in time to this song. They tell me I am part of them and they of me and that as we focus the lens broader and wider we start to realize that we are woven into this rich tapestry. Somewhere in my head a line from a song of my youth dances,"Bet you feel small, it happens to us all."

I open my eyes and I see two birds. They are young and full of courage. They walk up to the bottom step and they look at me and I swear one of them cocked its head towards its sibling as if it say "I wonder what THAT is."Mom built her nest in the stones of our garage sometime in March



We watched her nest, then hatch, and unfortunately lose two young birds to neighborhood cats. We saw her push them into the bushes, then onto the lawn. We ran to the house when she dive bombed us if we came to close to them.

But now they are teenagers. They resemble miniature versions of their parents, one male and one female. The strut around the flower beds pulling out worms and bugs puffing out their small chests and generally having a good time.

They are not scared of us. We'll sit in the porch and they'll sit in the flower bed snacking and don't seem to mind our presence. As we move around they stay put, never frightened away.

This morning, since God had invited me into the days preview I became bold. Like that statue of St Francis I reached out my hand with a small bit of cracker.....I heard mom before I saw her, shrieking, flapping and heading straight for me. I scooted back to the security of my porch and she looked at me with menace in her eyes. Her two kids were hopping around like none of this was a big deal and "Oh yeah, mom could ya chill just a bit!" She stayed with them until I went into the house. I came out later on and they had vanished. I felt sorry for them. They were probably in the bird equivalent of a "time out."

We're not born afraid, we acquire it. It serves us well to protect us from the things that wish to harm us but mostly I think it holds us back, at least it does me. If I were to sit down and catalog all my fears I might have to block out an entire morning. So maybe, like those two young birds,I just might go hopping up a few unknown sidewalks and taste the bugs and worms of a different experience and be ready to accept the cracker crumbs of a new life and world.

Ya never know, do ya?
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BEATLETOT 6/17/2013 11:02AM

    This one is gorgeous. I love the way you write and describe the birds and bring it full-circle to how our fears hold us back. Thank you.

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EDWARDS1411 6/14/2013 11:27AM

    Wonderful story!
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PENOWOK 6/14/2013 8:32AM

    Love the story!

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NEWTINK 6/14/2013 7:08AM

    Fear can also be a powerful Motivator, if we as obese people never got scared of what our futures held we would have never made the decision to tackle what the world said is impossible. Everyday I live with fear but everyday I conquer it by taking that one step to make my life better and think in a lot of ways you do to .Great blog emoticon

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    what a fabulous blog! thanks for sharing and have an awesome day!

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  good blog

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    Thanks for sharing!

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 6/13/2013 10:25AM

    emoticon I think I"ll follow your example right now. Maybe it will perk me up.

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EMTFF376 6/13/2013 9:36AM

    lovely images for this rainy morning. thank you.


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    Great blog!

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MIMIDOT 6/13/2013 9:00AM

    Awesome! Thank you. Your blog made me feel so peaceful! I feel the same way when I walk and see the rabbits, deer, and birds. I also love to hear the babbling brook. I cross over it twice in my walk. God is great!

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    Thank you for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing :)

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SHERYLP461 6/13/2013 8:28AM

    Thank you, such a great visual.

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ARTSYGIRL5 6/13/2013 7:48AM

    What beautiful blog.



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WATERDIAMONDS 6/13/2013 7:47AM

    how beautiful. And how true.

thank you.

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BESSHAILE 6/13/2013 7:29AM

    Wise man. It takes time to see these things.

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TERMITEMOM 6/13/2013 7:13AM

    Wonderful blog. I am a bird lover and this was delightful! Thank you.

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NILLAPEPSI 6/13/2013 7:13AM

    As a "music" person, I love those sounds!! The Bible says "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord." I think that's what nature is doing -- I like to think so, anyway. emoticon

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  thanks for sharing lovedit

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  Very nice!

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    emoticon Enjoyed your blog.

~Nancy

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LYNMEINDERS 6/13/2013 4:03AM

    Brilliant....I have birds that come to us for food when we are on holiday .... it is awesome...
Go you

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KARENLEIGH32 6/12/2013 11:35PM

    Cute, I can imagine the little birds asking mom, 'Can we go out now?'

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SPEEDY143 6/12/2013 10:49PM

    I do love me some birdie songs throughout the day.... I have a nest from my childhood that is lined with my hair. Long before hair dryers I used to sit in our backyard and brush my long blond hair dry after a good shampooing... ahhhh such sweet memories emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 6/12/2013 7:52PM

    Awesome! I love the early morning sounds. We have 2 doves that sit by our bedroom window and wake us up with their cooing each morning.

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NEEDBU66 6/12/2013 6:38PM

    Birds are great.

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CARTOONB 6/12/2013 6:36PM

    This is the second blog about a mom yelling at you to "protect" her kids. Might check your chakras. emoticon

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Thanks for today's thought, John. Happy cracker crumb hunting!

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AJDOVER1 6/12/2013 6:20PM

    Thanks so much for this, John. Beautiful images....

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