Friday, June 10, 2011

Lessons From Ducks

There are many things to be learned from backyard birds, and I'm fortunate to have mallards that regularly visit my platform and tray feeders - they've taught me a lot. The past few weeks have been some of the most stressful, most hectic of my life, but you can always learn from ducks...

  • Take time to savor the moment, whether it is a warm patch of grass and sun or a cool dip in a nearby pond.

  • Try new foods; if the cracked corn isn't available, you might just discover that you like millet too.

  • Be willing to cooperate and watch over one another, taking turns taking care of one another.

  • Learn to trust the ones who help you and offer you a treat, even if you still need to be cautious.

  • Say thank you and you'll reap the rewards of a stronger, more fulfilling relationship.
I've observed all of these behaviors in my mallards, both between the mated pair and Sheila's (the hen) interaction with me. Such simple things, but so much to learn from all the birds in our lives.

May your lessons be as meaningful, and help you out when your life needs it.

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