I have a funky little birdhouse in my backyard that is now home to a family of chickadees and even though I’ve not yet seen the babies, I’ve fallen in love from afar. I find myself spending more time outside than in my office working, but I have to say that I’ve learned lessons from chickadees.
I never had much of an affinity for birds, because in Los Angeles, there wasn’t a very big bird variety, but since moving to Franklin, TN, I’ve discovered song birds and they are quite something to behold.
It begins with their sounds…they really do sing – especially the little wrens who are so very busy. Their colors are magical. I have male cardinal who spends a lot of time at my bird feeders and he is breathtakingly beautiful…but this spring…it’s the chickadees who have brought the most joy and while watching them…I’ve learned lessons.
First – You don’t need a beautiful house in order to make a nest. Any house that is safe and protected from the elements will do – actually the smaller the better because it keeps the thieves away. Humble and modest seem to work just fine. (I was going to replace this birdhouse with one that is much more grand until these sweet little birds decided to make it their home.)
Second – Keep going. Chickadees don’t stop hunting for food – ever, and even if it appears they are too tired to do one more thing – they keep going, because the babies have to be fed. So it goes with life – we have to keep going even when it feels impossible.
Third – Stay busy. Oh my gosh…I’ve never seen such busyness, from the time they began making their nest to now when the babies are being fed. There is no idle time. They have stuff to do!
Fourth – Protect what matters most. I’ve observed our chickadees (both Mom and Dad) shooing birds 5 times their size away from their house. They don’t care what the size…nothing is going to stop them from protecting what matters most.
And finally…Mind your own business. When you have a purpose – and the bigger the better, you don’t have time to get into anyone else’s business. We live in a world filled with so many distractions, that it’s easy to spend time in other people’s business. Just look at social media and the lost hours spent comparing.
These are not complicated life lessons, but watching my little chickadee family has reminded me that life doesn’t have to be so very complicated. At the end of the day – it really is the little things that matter most along with how we show up every day in our lives. I’m feeling quite blessed that Mama and Poppa Chickadee decided to make their home in our funky little birdhouse.