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Birds have always been a mainstay in my life, especially the last 5 years or so.  I seem to notice this beautiful exchange when I am in need the most.  It may be coincidental, but even in that I find some meaning. Lately I have had regular visits, from Chickadees, Sparrows, Quail, Ravens, Steller’s Jays, Robins,Vultures, and a mixture of unidentified flyers.  But just like the seasons, my visits seem to ebb and flow from a particular species that want to be that particular seasons constant friend.  I was waiting for my visitors to show up after I put my Hummingbird feeder up, but to no avail they didn’t show.  I was beginning to wonder if perhaps they were not in this area anymore and for what reason that caused them to be absent. The time was growing with no visual, whatsoever. I was just about ready to move the feeder, when something remarkable happened.  I was sitting on my back porch pondering and in deep thought, looking out into the vast wild grass and ponderosa trees beyond the feeder. When suddenly my elusive friend shows his face. He hovered ever so softly above the feeder, flew to the right and back over again then landed and took a drink.  My soul leaped and my spirit awoke.  I knew this meant something.

 

It is wildly believed that hummingbirds are carriers of ‘this’ world and the ‘other world’. It is also said that it is impossible for this little bird to fly 500 miles in one go, since its tiny body cannot store enough energy for the long journey. Amazingly this bird is unaware of the report and manages to do so nevertheless!! They represent durability, continuity, and endurance, as they are the most prodigious flyers. They can hover, move vertically, or horizontally and even backwards. They can flap their wings faster than any other bird on the planet at a rate of 50-75 times per second. In Brazil, it is known as the ‘passaro beja-flor’, which means ‘flower-kisser sparrow’.

I think the Heavens had a message for me, that when things look impossible, don’t listen to the reports!  Keep on keepin’ on! Keep flying in any direction the wind takes you, in the path that lays before you and calls you by name… go and do the impossible! And then, you just might get a kiss from Heaven.

So every time I see one of these mighty little ones, I lean in a little closer and listen…

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There’s something amazing about trees.  They all have their own individual personalities and character that stand the test of time; throughout centuries, storms and drought. If you look deeper, you will see them. The way they grow, which way they lean, the number of branches, the direction that the moss develops, the foliage around its trunk, and the stretching and swaying of the leaves in the breeze… are all instruments of expressions for the tree.

Many walk by without even thinking twice about it; but just imagine how much history that tree has lived through, seen or soaked up.  I often wonder what secrets it possesses in its shadows.  What mysteries could it unveil and tell? I see them as ancient beings that can offer much more than the clean air we can breathe.  It’s a partnership, a little give and take. For the continued survival of us both, we must not get greedy.

It’s interesting to note that every different species offers a fresh lesson; a different metaphor of a different voice ranging from the sapling to the old growth. Consider the lessons in strength and community demonstrated by the Redwoods, or the extending hand of the baobabs of Africa and India that offer food in their heavy white flowers, or the deep lesson given by the manicured bonsai trees that bring contemplation for the viewer which also displays the ingenuity of the grower.

You see, we must invent, learn and wonder far beyond the barrier that hold us captive. Lets bust far past the concrete walls that stands between us and a new discovery.  Next time you walk past that tree that offers some shade, listen to what it has to say. It just might surprise you…

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