“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)