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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thinking the Worst and Finding the Best

My how time flies.

Our baby cardinals have left the nest. When we saw the empty nest we were terrified that a predator had eaten them for a quick snack.

How pessimistic we were! Time for an attitude change.

Optimism is the required attitude for life. It is much easier to delve into darkness, isn't it? We humans seem to have a high aptitude for complaining.

I recently read an article about a family that took a pledge to be complaint free. Needless to say, this was a difficult task. Ultimately, what they found out through the experiment was that some complaining was OK, a life of negativity, not so great.

On closer inspection, our baby cardinals were now perched on branches next to the nest. How funny they look, wobbling and bobbing, trying to be big. Momma and Daddy cardinal were not so happy with our close inspection, but I risked blindness by beak to take a few shots. I couldn't resist.

Soon, they will fly away and I'll be sad, I'm sure. It's only been five days since we discovered the nest. So much has happened between then and now. Look how far they've come.

I can't help but see the parallel of this small family with my own. Young One is leaving the nest, wobbling and bobbing and trying to be big. He's driven, by nature, just as our feathered friends are. Who am I to hold him back? It's bittersweet, but fly baby bird. Fly.

1 comment:

  1. (kleenex in hand) What a beautiful post. And OH SO true! I try not to let myself go to the dark side very often but sometimes you just can't help it.

    Letting our babies bobble and wobble is hard, harder than any child birth, kidney stone or caffenine withdrawl I've been through :)

    But its a part of us growing and them.

    (sigh) but some how it just never seems like there is ENOUGH of anything.
    Not enough time to hold them, not enough time to protect them, not enough time to have them be our babies.

    I'm with ya sista, one tear and kleenex at a time!


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