Recently, I began to miss the good old dawn chorus. Not that I was always happy to hear it. In the middle of summer in Britain, sleeping with the windows open chances are you, okay make that me…were more than likely to be woken up by above mentioned dawn chorus around 4 am. Not usually at my best at that time in the morning. Might even go so far as to call me a little grumpy.
Yet, here I am missing the dawn chorus. I miss the sounds of those little British robins, the song thrush, wren, chaffinch, goldfinch, and sparrow for starters.
We have the mockingbird, wagtails as I like to call them, and I’ve seen cardinals flitting around in the marsh trees outside our window. Not too shabby, but, bless their little hearts, they don’t add up to a dawn chorus.
So what’s to be done?
I decided to train the wagtails. I have it on good authority (my Darling One) that they will mimic birds that they hear, so every morning for the past couple of weeks, whilst I’ve been sitting outside contemplating, I’ve taken my recording of Brecklands Dawn Chorus and played it to the birds.
What? Who said that? There’s someone nutty enough to want to train wagtails to sing?
Yep, and I’m not in the least embarrassed about it. You already know I’m a little weird, I’ve ‘fessed up to it more than once or twice. And anyway it seemed like a brilliant idea at the time.
So far, the wagtails either don’t hear my lovely dawn chorus or they’re deliberately not going to sing songs by any old British songbird. I haven’t decided what it is yet…but I persist. Persistence is always key to success.
In my role as bird trainer, I’m reminded of a more pressing need…that of training myself.
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘practice makes perfect’? Bet you have. It’s about continued training. About persistence.
Louis Armstrong said “If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, the critics know it. And if I don’t practice for three days, the public knows it.”
It’s the same for me, and you too. And yes our public…namely our friends, family and colleagues are all aware of what’s going on within us, if only at an energetic level.
We, ourselves know at a more personal and obvious level, because our inner conversations crystallize into the facts of our life; into the every day interactions and experiences we have.
Those seemingly innocent things we say to ourselves become solidly real in our world of experience. And yes, I’ve been bopped on the head on more than one occasion by a pretty solid inner conversation that was…hmmm how shall I put this…less than lovely.
Take a minute, yep, right now, and try to notice what you were saying to yourself, notice what you’ve recently accepted as true because it will materialize as an experience in your world.
If we’re not practicing positive inner talking, then chances are we’re stuck in some old, automatic, probably negative thoughts. And our reality bears the fruit of our inner conversations. Sometimes the fruit turns out to be a giant two by four that bats you over the head. Not nice.
Just as persistent training and practice is the key to being a world class musician, or athlete, it’s no different for us. If we want a change in life – more income, greater recognition, huge success, or whatever the desire may be, then we have to set a definite aim along which our thoughts travel, or our mind will wander off into the wilderness. Once we’re clear on our aim, we have to persist in thinking those thoughts.
It’s the way out of limitation, the way of freedom from the current state of affairs in our world.
If your world seems broken, don’t despair. Should your desire for something different not be met today, tomorrow, next week or next month – persist, for persistency will pay off. All of your prayers will be answered if you don’t give up.
Meantime my work as a bird trainer continues ~ I’m sure the payoff will be great. 🙂
Encourage one another.
Beautiful post for anyone in recovery and even those of us who are not. The Beauty of Recovery