As I drive to work some mornings I see crows sitting on light posts watching the vehicles pass by. The other day I noticed two kissing. Well at least that is what it looked like to me! I know that many people don't notice them at all or if they do it is with distaste. They are noisy birds that make a mess of garbage or anything else they can get their beaks in to. And yet my eyes are often drawn to them in an intriguing way. What is the message they have for me?
I watched "Zoo Keeper" with Kevin James last weekend. While the animals of the zoo have many messages for James, the crow is quickly dismissed by the other animals saying emphatically "You're not a zoo animal"! How many times do I dismiss messages because they aren't coming from right source. I listen to the ones that will give me the answer I want to hear. There can be a noisy caw from the side lines and I ignore it. I turn away, close the window, I shut it out.
What would happen if I listened openly, intriguingly to all messages coming in? To the ones that maybe aren't expert opinions. Or the ones that may be really hard to hear. What if I paused and listened to the messages that may take me to a place of discomfort, for the sake of learning and growth? And what about the more subtle messages? Twinges in my body, a tightness in the back of my head, a stirring of emotions. There are messages when my kids do something that irritates me, when my dog whines (or snores as she does more often now) and in the emails I receive, the news on the radio and the signs on bulletin boards I walk by. What happens when these messages are ignored?
Do you remember the movie "Bruce Almighty"? When he asks God for a sign. I chuckle as sign after sign appears and he disregards them before he crashes into a post. How many times have I done that in my life? Asked for signs, in fact begged for a sign to help me make a decision and then ignored them when they are there.
If I was to get through the judgement of where the message was coming from I may find true wisdom in the message. The crows sitting looking at me as I drive by are saying Kathy, Kathy, look up here...........
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