Ruffling Feathers

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Blog | 16 comments

Ruffling Feathers

The silver, gray form jumped onto the suspended cylinder and swung to and fro using tremendous dexterity and all his might to keep from tumbling to the Earth below. “Clumsy,” was the word that first came to mind followed by, “that bugger!” But I found myself more and more entranced until I was cheering wholeheartedly for the furry rascal that had ingeniously infiltrated my precious bird feeder. I guess he didn’t get the memo that the odd looking device filled with sunflower delights was strictly for the feathered creatures. Oddly, the birds were less agitated than I was by the abrupt feeder assault. They all just flew up to the trees and waited patiently for the intruder to grow tired of his acrobatic antics.

All in all I found myself mesmerized as I watched the squirrel and the whole scene brought up a wave of emotions that have been hijacking my precious awareness as of late. My life is in a major transition and, like so many people in such a state of flux, I oftentimes find myself swimming in energetic pools of anxiety and fear. Most of us humans do not like change. This is too bad because change is the name of the game on this planet and honestly, I really do think that change is a good thing. It would be wonderful if I could convince the part of me that is concerned with safety and security. Maybe you know what I am talking about. It’s that little voice inside that sends out alarm bells as soon as I venture out into uncharted territory and it seems to employ subconscious military defense tactics in it’s pursuit to prevent my desired advancement.

Watching the little gray thief twisting, turning and contorting on the feeder made me realize something else about myself and again, maybe some of you can relate. I realized that I have grown up as someone who does not like to shake things up too much and I also seem to be extremely rule oriented. I think many Americans could fall into the “not wanting to break the rules” category. We live in a society that is defined by too many rules and regulations and always overshadowed by the threat of legal litigation.

I am not even sure I would have become aware of this personal thorn in my side had I not been married to a risk taker and rule breaker. My husband comes from an ethnic background that seems to excel at the task of rule breaking. I find the topic of ethnic groups very intriguing. We can look at them like a collective persona of sorts. Similar to individual personalities, the collectives often have attributes and traits that are at times a benefit and at other times a hindrance. I remember visiting Greece, the country where my in-laws were from, many many years ago and laughing at how frequently there was this disregard for rules. I even noticed that too often there were no rules in place for situations that here in America it would be unheard of.

I suppose the lack of rules could be a problem if the person wielding the rule breaking characteristics had absolutely no moral compass but given a good sense of integrity I have come to see this little Greek trait as very admirable indeed. It certainly has served my husband well all these years and I have watched him carefully use it with much finesse.

My squirrel friend is a reminder to me of this very same finesse. An opportunist he is! Why should he miss out on a fine meal of sunflower seeds in the middle of winter? We can learn so much from watching nature.

So, as I embark on my major life transition I am going to put myself out there and I invite any of you rule-obsessed readers to do the same. I am not going to be afraid to ruffle some feathers so to speak as I make my trek into that uncharted territory.

Wishing you all a delightful March filled with many risk-taking opportunities as we usher in the season of Spring.



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