Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Handling the No

I think we've all had times when it seems every door I see cracked open gets firmly closed in my face as I approach it.  Very frustrating.  Some of us hardier souls just seem to thrive on a challenge and are determined to either go around that closed door or crash right on through it, but I find it off putting.

Lately I seem to be coming up against those closed doors too often and am finding it depressing, however yesterday the Universe offered me another way of looking at it.  I was walking in my favorite park appreciating a rare cool overcast day when the sun broke through the cloud and flooded the park with golden light.  I quickly returned to my car for my camera then made myself comfortable at a picnic table to enjoy this spectacular lighting.

My reverie was abruptly interrupted by a Red-tailed Hawk making a dive for a bird in the grass right in front of me!!  I was shocked and thrilled!  The bird made its escape leaving only a few feathers behind and the hawk retreated to a low branch of a nearby tree.  I was able to study this hawk for a minute or two and it clearly wasn't showing frustration or depression at its recent disappointment.  It simply regrouped and carried on with the task at hand - finding dinner for the family.

Here was my message of the day:  don't dwell in the past, all my energy must be directed towards moving forward in a calm and detached manner.   Thank you Hawk, the Messenger.

I'm linking this to Nature Notes and Wild Bird Wednesday.   Please follow the links to more nature activities from around the world.


Rambling Woods said...

What an important reminder..... Michelle from nature notes

Anonymous said...

barb, love your comments..........indeed, lessons learned from the hawk...........and as you know, hawk inspires us to a creative life purpose... your photo is superb ...... .lunch?............namaste, patti

Carver said...

Wonderful shot of the hawk. I learn a lot from wildlife although I also get frustrated at times.

Stewart M said...

Thats a great looking bird - the hook on the beak seems out of proportion to the bird.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

PS; more frequent visit are encouraged!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous bird!

EG CameraGirl said...

Sounds like you were ready to learn from the lesson. Kudos!

Wally Jones said...

Thank you for sharing your moment and a beautiful raptor!
You may not be alone in your challenges and I thank you for offering a refreshing perspective.

HansHB said...

Great post for WBW!

MyMaracas said...

A valuable lesson indeed. Great shot of the hawk, too.