Getting close to a bird seemed impossible to me before I started feeding them in my backyard. However to my exhilaration, this Pine Siskin allowed me to be in touching distance. Our eyes met after taking a few shots. I had to put the camera down as the moment was special.
She was deep inside my feeder sitting on top of open bird seed. She reminded me of how some of us are easy going and friendly. Conversely, there are those of the opposite nature who hold back. I wrote about this subject in another post a year ago about keeping people at arm’s length, but this bird brought that subject back to life for me.
Why are we so afraid to let loose our guard and meet new people? What does it take to break those walls down? The bird and I enjoyed a few moments in time to be in a freeing state. She let her guard down. Perhaps it was because she knew I was the hand that fed her. I do not know. I am sure she has seen me in my garden. However, no other bird has allowed me to get this close. I could physically touch her if I wanted to.
It reminded me so much of humanity and life. How many times do we indeed keep our distance in order to not get harmed?
Many times baby birds do get taken care of by humans, but she was full-grown. She opened me into her world even if for a moment in nature. Perhaps it was her way to thank me for feeding her and giving her shelter.
As I slowing brought my hand up to her, she flew away. How often do we as humans just when we are about to allow someone to get close, we flee the scene as fast as we arrived? Friendship thus never has time to blossom. Humanity has so much to learn about acceptance and love.
I am reminded of a time not so long ago, my brain was in overdrive to relearn to walk and talk.. My special case of having a brain tumor showcased its role in the precious human experience of identity and of feeling warmth toward others. Much repair was needed for me.
Healing can be a very slow process, but the rewards are so great when it does happen. Our brain is like an engine–so extraordinary. Nothing illuminates the brain’s function more than looking in the mirror and identifying how much we are loved and how much we can love when we allow it.