in the wild

the lesson of a bird & her nest.

5 May 2013


it’s not my birthday today. or any other special day, for that matter. but, perhaps that’s the point. it’s just a day. a regular day. however, is it really just a day? isn’t any & every day a gift? yeah… a day is a moment in time filled with wonder and awe. a chance to do amazing things, whether that means traveling to some exotic and beautiful place, or staying under the covers at home all day, or going to work to do the same thing you do every day. the point is… it’s a day. and you and i are alive. and breathing. and we have choices. we get to be the master of our days, our dreams, our life. we really do.

for the past week i have either been majorly sick myself, taking care of my wife being majorly sick (thanks to me), or quarantined in our home trying to rid ourselves of all the germs and contagiousness. today, we’d had enough. still a bit weak and tired, we decided that since the sun was shining, we’d make our way outside for a short little walk. we needed to feel the sun, to experience the warmth in the air. and it was a short trip outside, but it felt oh so good. not a grand, mind-blowing day in the eyes of many, but a grand, mind-blowing day nonetheless. any day can be extraordinary.

i didn’t remember that until yesterday, though. after spending the past few days inside, i made a conscious choice yesterday to make a change. i had gotten stuck in my head. but, i also let myself feel and think. i was tired of feeling sick and disconnected. yet, i wasn’t able to leave the apartment yet & begin life again. part of me didn’t really want to. still, i wanted to move on somehow. i needed to reconnect myself with myself. so, i grabbed my headphones, plugged in some music, and did some yoga. and i felt it. my soul. ahhhh… soon, i found myself having a hour long chat with my mom; and then, watching a beautiful bird as she patiently and diligently built her nest just to the right out my kitchen window. i locked eyes with this gentle creature a few times as she flew back up, carrying a stick in her beak. i pulled up a chair by the window and just sat there. i must have watched her for at least an hour. it was amazing. beautiful.

as i followed her every move in the process of nest-building, i was reminded of the beauty of each creature simply being who or what she/he is. and then, i got it. self-discovery is a wonderful (painstaking) process, but it is not one where we must figure out what is wrong with us and what we need to change (what i’ve been obsessing with lately). instead, it is an opportunity to listen to ourselves, to know ourselves as we are right now. it is simply spending time with ourselves and remembering that who we are, what we love, who we love, etc. and who we are right now is exactly who we are supposed to be. we are just fine as we are. we are enough. all we need to do is that which comes natural to us. all we need to be is ourselves. like the beautiful bird building her nest.

yep. my purpose in life is to simply be me. all the details will take care of themselves.

so, on this regular, ordinary day, i want to celebrate the amazingness of life, of being exactly who we were created to be, with you…. by sharing this video. watch it. listen. look. think. dream. be,

here’s to wishing you a great week ahead. embrace yourself and embrace this crazy, amazing life!

peace & love.

No Comments

  • Reply Lexie 5 May 2013 at 23:53

    Beautiful, beautiful post! LOVED the video.
    Hope you continue to feel better 🙂

    • Reply liz 8 May 2013 at 00:45

      Isn’t it amazingly inspiring?! Glad you liked it! 🙂 Thank you for your well wishes. They worked!

  • Reply CarlyBeth's Blog 6 May 2013 at 00:55

    Man, you must have been really sick! Glad you are starting to see the light 🙂

    • Reply liz 8 May 2013 at 00:43

      Thank you! I’m super glad too. 🙂

  • Reply kate1975 6 May 2013 at 01:04

    Hi Liz,

    I love your purpose in life and I so agree with you. The person that you are already is amazing and wonderful and beautiful and all of us who read your blog and become your friends know that deep in our hearts. Being who we are is one of the most wonderful gifts we can give the world. So glad that you are you and that you are in the world, being.

    Good and healing thoughts to you.


    • Reply liz 8 May 2013 at 00:43

      Wow, Kate. Your words have really touched me. I’m humbled and so thankful that you are a part of my blogging world. Peace & love to y’all.

  • Reply Tracy 6 May 2013 at 14:32

    Assume you mean, “nest”, not “next”. I agree- I am mesmerized by nature.

    Just found a great song for you:

    Sneaker Pimps, 6 Underground

    Lemme know when you’re hooked?


    • Reply liz 8 May 2013 at 00:41

      Sooo good! Thanks for sharing, Tracy!

  • Reply the way of the heart. | just be. love all. live life. 8 May 2013 at 21:41

    […] 4. independent: i stared at this bird building her nest for at least an hour, watching her every move. delicate. strong. determined. living her purpose. i wrote a blog post on my little birdie friend the other day. you can read it here. […]

  • Reply Laura4NYC 15 May 2013 at 04:48

    cool video. I’m 25… Damn!

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