One of my favourite things about the garden is the variety of birds that come to visit our feeders or take a dip in the bird bath. It’s something I learned from my father who took great delight in his backyard friends. Create a great environment and the birds will show up to sing you a song.
Every morning an ever changing crowd stops by while I am having my coffee… blue jays and finches and chickadees and sparrows and robins. Sometimes a giant woodpecker shows up. Later in the day if you are lucky you can see some hummingbirds.
But not this year.
That’s because a new bird came to town. A pair of magpies built a nest in a large tree on the boulevard beside our house. If you don’t know anything about magpies, let’s just say they are the bullies of the bird world. They are loud and pushy and quite literally make life miserable for all the other birds.
So much so that one by one, the birds all flew the coop so to speak. All that remained were the magpies.
There’s no comparison between the robin’s song and the magpie’s screech. My zen-like morning coffee turned into a constant source of irritation. Not that I fundamentally have anything against magpies, I just don’t want them in my yard.
The solution was to wait until the baby magpies were old enough to leave the nest and then take it down. They weren’t too happy but off they left for another to yard to pester.
It took a couple of weeks but slowly the other birds returned. So did my joyful morning coffee time.
Here’s the thing…
In the garden or anywhere else in your life, who you hang out with sets the tone for the day. Whiners, complainers and bullies alter the energy of the space they are in. Eventually you either become like them or you leave. Unlike the birds, most of us can’t physically leave so we do it mentally or emotionally. We just check out.
Are you hanging out with a bunch of magpies?
Do you find yourself complaining or gossiping?
Do you let negative people set the tone for your day?
Whether you realize it or not, negative energy rubs off on you. It starts to take a toll. Given enough exposure, little by little you start to become more negative yourself.
Flock together with like-minded birds. Seek out people who are positive, inspiring and proactive. Choose to not provide the magpies in your life a place to nest. When you start doing that, you’ll be amazed at what beautiful things you attract into your life.