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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:
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    Great analogy....lovely blog post....will remember that about maintenance....
    1913 days ago
    Great photo, thought-provoking metaphor. Very good!
    1914 days ago
    I like it!
    1915 days ago
    What a lovely analogy! I must admit that when I saw "kite" in the title I didn't think of a bird, but something that my Dad would build for me to fly. The beautiful picture pointed out my mistake.
    1919 days ago
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