Adapting, Courage, Facing Adversity, Life's Challenges, wisdom

Bird Wisdom

Yesterday on a cold, cold day in January as this great Lake of Superior wass forming ice in some spots, closer to shore, I spotted these birds. I think they were ducks, but I am not 100% certain… but pretty certain. The Canadian Geese have gone south already so it can’t be them. If anyone knows though, let me know.

Anyhow, as I watched them, I would see them shaking off the cold water from their bodies every so often. It made me think of that saying “Water off a duck’s back”. But then I thought there is so much wisdom here.

Sometimes these birds are swimming around carefree on a beautiful sunny day without a care in the world, just like us. However, at other times they are swimming in a pool of life’s challenges like this cold and threatening water, or they have to transition to a new location.

I watched them swim around the patches of ice forming, shaking off and continuing on, looking for open water to swim in. This is like us! Sometimes things are easy and sunny and bright and at other times, they are more challenging and we have to move through those times and shake it off, like water off a ducks back.
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I hope today’s ‘bird wisdom’ helps you to move through life’s challenges and to ‘shake them off’ when you need to … just like water off a duck’s back. 🙂

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Board Certified Nutritionist who loves nature and loves learning from the wisdom of it. There are so many messages and examples of how nature is perfect and that we are nature by nature 🙂

Adapting, Anger, Joy

Adapting Versus Reacting

I was thinking today about people who react to situations and cause themselves and others pain. It got me thinking that there are two kinds of people. Those who react and those who adapt.

Reactors often harbor anger and their blood tends to boil. Think high blood pressure and the blood rising and boiling over. Adapters, on the other hand, go with the flow, and adapt their reactions, rather than react to them. This gives them quite the advantage as they are in charge of their own power by adapting versus reacting.

I am all about personal empowerment for myself and also for others when I am coaching tham. When we are personally empowered, we feel MORE in control and we are LESS affected by others, situations, the weather, challenges etc. Learning to adapt and even taking situations to the next level and actually embracing them, truly puts us in the driver’s seat!

For example we had a huge snow and ice storm here last night and into the morning. This landed us a lot of snow and our power went out too!

I had lots of snow to shovel and I decided to embrace it and more importantly to actually en-JOY it. I was grateful that I am healthy enough to shovel the snow and that I can. So while I was out there doing what I needed to do, I saw so much beauty around me like this picture with the bluest sky I’ve ever seen.bluest sky

I would put down my shovel, take a picture and delight in the glorious surroundings. I also was very grateful for where I live. It crossed my mind that I wouldn’t change a thing because I have already decided that Canada is where I want to live, otherwise I would have moved already. 🙂 And with living in the centre of Canada we get winters like this. It’s all good. It was so much better to embrace and en-JOY then to react and feel frustrated and even angry at the weather.

And heck, my positive thinking worked so well that by the time I was finished my first round of shoveling, the power came back on and a neighbor came by with a snow blower lent to him by another neighbor and he and his Dad helped me with round 2 🙂 I then had even more gratitude and was whistling a happy tune for the day. What a great day it is!

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Nutritionist who actively seeks to embrace life’s blessings and they are all blessings as the saying goes. She hopes you too find both beauty and blessings in your day to day living.