Hummingbirds and the New Year – Resolutions in Action
In my typically temperate home in the Pacific Northwest we have much more rain than snow. This winter has brought more snow so far than is typical before the new year. I chose to stay within the warmth of my home and stay off the icy roads this morning. As I transitioned from one room to the next mid-way through my work I took a moment to recognize the empty feeder and remedy the situation.
I don’t have much time to spend with my little feathered friends, the hummingbirds who reside around my home year-round. Other than hearing a little chatter as I walk to my car each morning I am not home during daylight hours. Of all the things I miss this I miss the most.
Later in this day, long after the work part was completed, I saw a little movement outside the window moving downward with great speed. Who else could it be? I walked to the window and saw my favorite female hummingbird resting on a branch of the azalea bush, so close to the ground. This choice of location was certainly due to the cold, and over the next few minutes there were multiple visits to drink nectar before she flew back to her private haven.
I finally set out on the road as the day closed, making that last minute stop for mail and groceries. As I drove I heard lyrics forming in my thoughts, and felt a heaviness on my heart as though something was longing to escape. I continued my drive, knowing that my little hummingbird friends were at work bringing such inspiration. Then I knew what I had to say.
The new year is upon us, like a new beginning breaking free from the confines of days past. We greet the new year with the date 1/1/11, so personal, so new. This date can be seen as the carrier of so many meanings, something that I have shared at IntuitiveMeaning.com. But this story is a little different, this is the conclusion, the part we have worked so hard to reach.
We make our new year resolutions as if we are meant to unravel a part of what we have made or let go of something we have identified as a part of us. What a sad thought, that we resolve to change. This is not the tune of the hummingbird, to see from that perspective. The lyrics I had forming in my thoughts now turned into a statement, and even without music they are lyrical and light.
“My resolution is to recognize that it is the moments, not the seconds, that count in our lives.” This resolution isn’t focused on letting go or changing our ways, but is more of a celebration to find the treasure amidst the chaff. It is meant as a realization of what is accomplished, perhaps shifting our viewpoint in some way but not in a way that excludes any step along the way. It is taking the nectar, not judging the size of the flower or its color.
I invite you all to join me in this journey, to take the Hummingbird Shaman journey and walk with wings. It is time we speak of the accomplishments of our year so that we are ready, full of our own spiritual nectar, ready for the new year without worry of “doing it right” or “having enough”.
“In the measure of our lives it is the moments not the seconds that count”.
Happy New Year to everyone, Walk with Wings.
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