I believe that every person that crosses our path is someone who has the potential to become our spiritual teacher. Now that I think about it, every living being on this planet, not just humans, have the potential to become our spiritual teacher. If you have been reading my blog you know by now that I spend every morning on my back porch listening to the birds sing while I eat my breakfast. What I haven’t mentioned is that I’ve been trying to take a photograph of some of these birds, but they move too quickly for me.
I figured out a few weeks ago that I should just relax and wait for the perfect opportunity. That almost worked, I got a few blurry photos of a few birds. Well, it was a step in the right direction; at least I was able to get a photo taken before the bird flew off. After many, many days of blurry bird photos, I realized that I needed to communicate with the birds that I wanted to take their photo and I would appreciate it, if they would sit still long enough for me to get a clear photo.
That worked, sort of. Okay, again that almost worked. Now I do have clear photos, the only problem is that I have a clear photo of their backsides. Obviously, I need to work on my human to bird communication skills. Getting clear backside shots for days and days now, I tried every which way I knew to get the bird to turn around, already. Did that sound as impatient to you as it does to the birds in my yard? Okay, time to breathe deeply a few times. Get some perspective and try again. Repeat, repeat, repeat, etc. Oh my, sounds like I’m being impatient about not relaxing quick enough. No wonder the birds moon me.
Yesterday, I was out in the backyard taking photos of the blooming flowers and not thinking about birds and their tendency to show me their backsides. Then two feet from me a bird flies in to grab a bit to eat (our yard is full of worms). Since I already had the camera working, I took a photograph of the bird with no expectations of the outcome. I was just a photographer taking a photo. I got several average looking shots of the bird pulling a worm out of the ground. Not a moon shot at all; this is a huge step in the right direction, just need to work on my camera skills now.
This morning as my breakfast gets cold; I’m busy taking photos of my flowers. The sun is shining brightly, highlighting the beauty of each bloom. I was too busy enjoying the moment to eat my breakfast…and then a bird appeared. I’ve taken several photos that I haven’t looked at yet, but I just feel that today is the day I took a beautiful photo of a bird. I think I needed to learn to just enjoy the moment. Trying to force the birds to stop following their path long enough to pose for a perfect photo just for me was just ridiculous; a serious case of immature spiritual thinking.
I am now busy thanking God for sending the birds to teach me this valuable lesson.
Who is your teacher today?
Life is good! God is great! All is right in my world.