AND Migrate When It Is Time

November 1st, 2015

Totally engrossed by the sight out my window, I stood for a full five minutes watching the scene unfold. First a V formation, then a single line of black birds, probably cormorants, seemed to go on forever. They flew just barely above the waves of the ocean.

I had never seen the birds so close to the water. Neither had I ever witnessed a mass exodus such as this. I found myself rooting for the one laggard who was flapping ferociously and still couldn’t quite catch up with the rest of the line.

They headed south across the expanse of water, gracefully marking a path for each one that followed. AND I was mesmerized by a species that knows when to stay and when to leave, when to hold on and when to move on. AND as I reflect on the cormorants moving on, I also remember the swallows holding on.

Tenacious swallows that continued to build a mud nest over the light on my garage found themselves having to rebuild elsewhere, as I continued to remove the nest before it was fully formed. Having been dive-bombed the prior year by the birds guarding the nest as I tried to get out of the garage or having been startled by one who got caught inside the garage one day when I closed the door, I have decided that they can use one of the birdhouses in the yard. The garage light is closed for business.

They make it clear that when the little birds in the nest need protecting, they stay. When it is time to relocate in the spring or fall, they arrive and leave respectively. Their timing seems to herald the seasons, as they move in ways that serve their journey.

When we have completed some phase of life, activity, or have a sense it is time to move to a new relationship, job, or whatever, what would it take to migrate to whatever is next with ease? What do we need to remember to know that the season for being in the prior situation or location is complete and another one beckons? Perhaps trusting what our hearts tell us and letting go of what we know no longer serves our journey will help us migrate gracefully to whatever is next?

Or, do you think the whole idea is just for the birds?

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