Things A Little Bird Told Me #3

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During a break in the rainy day I decided to step out for a bit of fresh air. The little minstrel that visited me at lunch flew out of the forest and landed on a Multiflora Rose on the edge of the property. He had been singing his little heart out all morning and once more it was time to pay the piper. Today however, I was not caught without a crust of bread and presented my offering in return for his song. The mockingbird flew to roost with his meal and soon returned. Now, you may not know this but when birds aren’t singing they’re listening. And because they fly all over the lands they hear a lot and pick up on a lot of wisdom. The mockingbird looked me over and then I clearly heard him say “Thank you” in the voice of one of my teachers from many years ago. He must have noticed the shocked look on my face because he grinned and noted that he was a mockingbird and the imitation was no challenge at all. I’m sure that I was still blinking when I replied “You’re welcome.”

“Well then”, the mockingbird continued, “because that was such a fine crust of bread I’ll share with you one of the treasures that I’ve learned in my journeys flying to and fro and listing to the best teachers in the land. I leaned in closer as he spoke.

“You’ll never achieve a goal that you don’t believe in.” He said. “To have a dream is one thing but to believe in that enough to take action is another thing. If you believe that something is impossible then you won’t give a full effort and you’ll give up before you succeed.” Then he paused for dramatic effect. “Failure begins with a lack of faith in yourself. You’ll always have what you believe in. If you believe in success you’ll find a way to make it but if you believe in failure then that’s what you’ll create.” Then in typical little bird fashion he spread his wings and took off.

And so I took to heart what the little bird told me and as I looked back at my own life I saw times when his words rang true. And even though certain goals are genuinely out of reach most if the ones that I’ve missed I missed because I gave up too early in my efforts. Likewise, the things that I actually achieved I achieved simply because I knew that there had to have at to make it happen and I kept making small adjustments until they did.

I hope that you are encouraged by the things that the little bird told me. If so then let me know in the comments! 😊

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The Feathered Little Minstrel.

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One of the things that I most look forward to at the end of winter is the return of the birdsong to my forests. And the rock star of the Appalachian Mountains is the mockingbird. Not all mockingbirds migrate. Some do and some don’t. Perhaps the ones that stay can’t really afford to take time off work or maybe the others are retired and have no reason to brave the cold. But the ones who stay seem to hold their peace through the dark months. Even though this winter has been a little on the mild side it wasn’t until after I noticed the days getting longer again that I heard the familiar rapidly changing song of the mockingbird. He likes to hang out in the picnic area in back of the office at my day job where he can find the occasional dropped morsels of food. I was thrilled to hear him again but he apparently wasn’t really as happy to see me. Being a city bird he’s pretty used the presence of humans and so when I sat down he hopped over expecting a tip for his songs in the form of a few crumbs. I however only had my camera in hand. The feathered little minstrel hopped around examining the grass for signs of a meal but upon finding only the grass he turned and gave me look which was captured in tonight’s feature image. I can’t really blame him for his Indignant attitude. After all, he welcomed me with a song and received nothing in return. And that really hurts when you work for tips!

Having expressed his scorn the mockingbird quickly moved to the trees and returned to his song hoping that the next human who comes along would be a better tipper.

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A Friend’s Joyful Greetings

Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. “Your father’s right,” she said. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy.

– To Kill a Mockingbird

On any given day during the warm weather you can hear the seemingly unending song of the Mockingbird. This little guy is the impressionist of the Appalachian mountains. He incorporates little bits and pieces of other bird’s songs into his call. They’re really quite easy to get started up. Just a few sharp whistles and they’re going to answer you. Not only will they answer but they will try to out do you! I’ve even heard them pick up on police sirens and car alarms. The one pictured here occasionally mimics a backup beeper from the local garbage truck! All of background noise is fair game to be turned into music by a mockingbird. Truly Atticus had it right as did Miss Maudie. The joy of being greeted with a song every morning by the mockingbird at my home and then again by a different one at my day job is hard to describe. I guess you could say that it’s like God himself is wishing you a good day.

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