1. I am not in charge.
2. Most annoyances and aggravations I create myself.
I have a bird feeder with sunflower seeds on my porch here in Emerson, Arkansas. It is a source of joy and I never get bored with watching my friends. Lately a large number of house sparrows have been visiting and raking out the seeds so that by the end of the day it needs refilling. I have been annoyed and ticked off by the sparrows. This morning I have decided to have a different attitude about their behavior. I think of my behavior and know for certain the most days I do things that are wasteful or hurtful or idiotic and just keep right on doing them every day with no obvious consequence. Watching the sparrows “waste” seeds got me to thinking that the seeds aren’t being wasted, instead the birds eat the seeds on the porch or the ground and adapt and are just thankful to have food that is easily accessible. Squirrels and other birds don’t mind eating the dropped seeds. I applied what I could to myself, a lesson to learn, a reason to think about how many times I squander the gifts that I have been given by God, but yet He does not lose his temper or become frustrated with me or give up on me. The only one who gives up is me! What a spoiled brat I am. I am not preaching here, only reinforcing what I have been striving for lately…to have an attitude of acceptance, to let things be and give up my tenuous reins on the orchestration of my life. From now on I will embrace the sparrow, he has his reasons for raking seeds and just because I don’t understand it does not mean that I need to criticize him. If I can live my life as a destructive force at times then why should the behavior of a little bird bother me. I am not worthy to judge. Besides, they are comical and fun to watch when I look at it this way! Have a blessed day, y’all, and laugh about something and smile for no reason at a stranger. Some days that stranger is you.