Bidding the birds of care and worry good-bye

“That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change: but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”   …   Chinese Proverb

Sunday was a reminder that terrible things happen in the world … and that sometimes … they happen to people whom we know and love.  Ten years ago you would have had to be living under a rock not to have heard, saw or witnessed the terrifying events of 9-11.  Ten years ago a large flock of “birds of sorrow” landed and the people of America, specifically; and of Earth in general, have been dealing with their offspring ever since.

It has been my observation that when terrible and challenging things happen … whether they be really big – like 9-11 or the 9.0 Tsunami off of the Japan coast … or whether they be of a more personal nature … many people tend to initially panic and react fearfully.  That’s pretty understandable … after all it’s not every day that a major disaster of any proportion comes along and knocks on your front door!  However, I have learned that if my only reaction is to yelp in fear and bolt the door then I am setting myself up to become a prime nesting site for the “birds of worry and care”.

We all know that sometimes things happen in life that we wish we never had to experience … it seems to be the way of this massive theme park upon which we walk and in which we play.  But I have learned that it isn’t simply what happens to me that makes my journey happy or sad; easy or hard; or flowing or stuck … it is how I choose to get through these times that is the really big determining factor.  To paraphrase our ancient Chinese philosopher … Challenging times will happen and fears will arise but it’s up to me whether or not I choose to invite them to move in and live with me or assist them to move on down the road.

During the days when I was traversing the Land of Medical Crises I spent so much time re-centering myself, calming my fears, plucking feathers of worry out of my hair and moving both myself and those darn birds onward that I thought that I must surely own a Celestial moving company !  But today I’m really happy that I did all of that work … because now I am free to fly where the birds of worry, care and sorrow cannot; and do not follow … today I am free to be the me-whom-I-came-here-to-be … and today my wings are taking me into a brand-new future.  Bright skies are calling … and it’s time to test my wings with my new birdie friends … the Birds of Joy and Hope … “cheep-cheep and chirp, chirp” everyone … Oh – that would be – “Have a great day” in birdie …

Arinaste  (from my heart to your heart)


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2 Responses to Bidding the birds of care and worry good-bye

  1. Motivation says:

    I think that quotation means that, it’s hard to train older person who already have his or her own personality and abilities unlike younger ones, so better train a child for it has the chance to be good like what you want.

    • Susanne says:

      I hadn’t thought of it that way! I have observed that it is often very challenging for older people to change their points of view and behaviours … however … I do know that it is possible … like all of us they need to perceive that the long-gains will outweigh the short-term pain. I watched my own dad change ALL of his old patterns after the death of my son … and so … I believe that if he could change at 75 years old … then it definitely behooves me to do the same. 😀 Wishing you a wonderful day. Susanne

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