A lesson delivered to my doorstep
Yesterday when I came back downstairs for breakfast after putting in a few hours of work — I found a bird. On my welcome mat. Dead.
I wasn’t sure he/she was dead, as I know they can occasionally just knock themselves unconscious by flying into glass windows and doors. There was no tell-tale smudge on my storm door — but I was certain that had been this creature’s undoing.
I donned some gloves and gently moved the bird off my mat and under some nearby bushes — just in case it came to. How does one check vital signs on a creature you can hold in the palm of your hand? My Human nursing skills does not extend to many other species — sadly.
At the end of my workday, I went on a walk — a long walk. The bird lay just exactly where I had placed him/her. Not unconscious, certainly deceased. As I walked I mourned for The Being, I prayed for its life force and offered an apology to The Universe for the role my Humanness had played in its demise.
After I had found the bird that morning, I had closed my front door — to ensure there would be no more casualties. In the nearly ten years I’ve lived here, seven with a storm door, no other bird has flown into any glass structures.
When I returned from my walk, I took the bird’s body into the woods abutting my backyard. Away from the feeder I have set up — farther back in the forest and laid it to rest with love and a prayer.
My carelessness had contributed to the death of a Being. Now I know to always make sure there is no through view from my front door to my backyard. I will leave my windows slightly more shuttered, or alternatively — keep my front door closed.
Now I will do better.
But the larger lesson remains. How much does our carelessness lead to the death of innocents? Other Beings, Other Humans, Gaia Herself?
When we are given choices do we choose the easy, the convenient, the cruel — out of habit? Or do we CARE? Do we seek to remove Care-Lessness from our lives?
Please take a moment and think about Your Now. Where can you detect Care-Lessness? And how can you infuse Care-Moreness into your day to day?
It’s the little decisions, like closing a front door, that can save the world. One Bird — One Being at a time.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better — do better.” — Maya Angelou