Blessings from a Bird

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  • Recently I was reminded of the many miracles in my life. Interestingly enough, the messenger didn’t come to me as a mighty eagle, but in the humble form of a small bird

    For those who follow me on Twitter, you know that two nights ago, I had a tiny bird fly inside my home in Montana. It was about 8pm, on a dark, snowy, cold evening, when Koda, our 3-year old Samoyed dog wanted to go outside. As I opened the patio door to let Koda out, I was hit by a very cold breeze AND something ran in and hit my feet! I jumped, thinking it was a mouse, just as it took flight and soared to the top of our 15′ ceiling. It seems a small bird had been huddled against the door for warmth attracted by the light. As Koda went out, the bird flew in.

    Things like this only happen when my husband is traveling and I’m “Home Alone”. After an hour or so of trying to figure out how to get the bird safely out of the house, I turned to Twitter. Friends around the world offered suggestions including my favorite from @katiemar14: “Make it a bed and call him Frank. Now you have a new pet 🙂 ”

    The best advice for returning “Frank” to the wild, came from @BikeLikeHell – “Maybe this trick?” http://www.ehow.com/how_4512341_bird-out-house.html

    And it worked! I turned off all of the interior lights, turned on the deck lights, and Frank flew from the high ceiling down to a window and tried to get out. I walked over and picked him up with a small towel, walked him outside and gently released him.

    After Frank left, I thanked my friends on Twitter. Without them, Frank might have taken up permanent residence inside our home, at least until my husband returned from his trip.

    Frank’s visit prompted me to pause and look for the meaning behind the circumstance. Why did he fly into our home? Was he attracted to the light? Did he just want to warm up a bit? Or, was there some greater reason that “bird energy” flew into my life? Living in Montana where we see eagles on a regular basis, I discounted the deeper reason, thinking that if the Universe was trying to send me a message, it would have sent an eagle, not a tiny little furry bird like Frank. (Some days I have so much to learn.)

    "Frank", turning his back to me

    Yesterday morning as I was recounting the story to my friend Elaine, she shared that she too had a bird fly in her home on the previous day. What are the odds of that? Again, I felt that perhaps this too was another sign from the Universe inviting me to pay attention. But to what?

    This morning I was online paying bills, wondering how I was going to deal with an unexpected expense of more than $10,000. As I sat at my desk, surrounded by windows overlooking a deck and the lake, Frank greeted me as he flew to the deck railing just outside my window, sat down and just looked at me. Okay, maybe it wasn’t Frank, but it looked just like him. I stopped what I was doing and started to pay attention. It was almost as if he was saying, “What do I have to do to get you to pay attention?”

    Several of Frank's friends

    With that, he turned his back on me and was joined, one by one, by 8 more little birds. Frank was perched on the stanchion holding up the railing, with four little birds on the lower railing on each side of him, placed so perfectly that it almost looked unreal. That’s when it hit me. Frank had just created the most perfect Hanukkah menorah! Even though I’m not Jewish, the meaning was clear.

    For those who are unfamiliar with the story of Hanukkah, please allow me to digress for just a moment…

    According to Wikipedia:

    Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd century BCE.

    Hanukkah marks the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration and commemorates the “miracle of the container of oil”. According to the Talmud, at the re-dedication following the victory of the Maccabees over the Seleucid Empire, there was only enough consecrated olive oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, which was the length of time it took to press, prepare and consecrate fresh olive oil.

    Just as thousands of years ago the oil burned miraculously for eight days, perhaps Frank was there to remind me that there is always enough, even when we get blindsided by something as trivial as a bill.  Just because we can’t see a solution to our problems doesn’t mean that one doesn’t exist.

    Perhaps it was just a coincidence that Frank flew into my home and then came back with eight of his buddies, just when I needed a reminder of life’s miracles. Or, perhaps it was actually orchestrated just for me and this time, I was paying attention. Either way, it doesn’t really matter, because for me, the internal message was clear. There is always enough, even when I can’t see a solution. Miracles exist in our everyday life, if we only pay attention.

    Hanukkah begins this year at sundown on the evening of December 1st, tomorrow night. No matter what your religion or spiritual path, I invite you to celebrate the miracle of this holiday season in your own life. It’s there for all of us. And, you never know… Frank just might come sit by your window too.

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of InspireMeToday.com, bringing the best inspiration to the world. InspireMeToday.com provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to InspireMeToday.com, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. amusinggrace
      amusinggrace says:

      love this. it IS so difficult to remember that “there is always enough” when we live in a society that tells us that we always need more. thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    2. Sue Miley
      Sue Miley says:

      I was raised jewish and became a Christian ten years ago. I was the perfect jewish worrier. Then I read and studied Matthew 6:26-34. Jesus tell how God clothes the flowers and feeds the birds. If He does that for them, what more will He do for us. He goes on to say that if we worry past today, we are only borrowing trouble. I learned to give my worry to God and as you say trust that there is ” always enough”. Great picture of God’s faithfulness and your faith Gail. Thanks.

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    3. Carol CP
      Carol CP says:

      Wow – Love this! Especially true when it comes to love – it’s not possible to give it all away. There’s always more available for others. Thanks Gail!

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