Imagine my surprise one winter morning when an unexpected visitor showed up in my backyard.
I like to have my morning coffee by the big window in our kitchen. I get to look out and see what the weather is doing that day, or notice the seasons change. I particularly like watching the birds – the finches and chickadees, blue jays and woodpeckers, as they negotiate the sharing of their breakfast in the feeder.
But on this particular morning, something quite different happened.
There sitting on a branch in the mountain ash tree was an owl – a small saw-whet owl staring in my window. Once it became apparent that he wasn’t going anywhere any time soon, I named him Walter. Seems to me when you make a new acquaintance, you should know them by name.
Walter stayed on that branch for the entire day. Periodically he turned his head and looked around in that cool way that owls do, but he never moved, until dusk when I’m guessing he spotted something tasty for dinner and he disappeared.
As I spent good part of the day watching Walter as he watched me, I thought a lot about why this owl showed up in my yard.
Owls are apparently messengers of change. So I thought about what changes need to happen in my life. – what different choices I need to make. Owls also represent inner wisdom and deep truth so I asked myself about what truths I needed to face.
Now you might think Laurel it’s just an owl. But I am a big believer that the universe is doing its absolute best to try to co-create with me. The alternative is to think that the game of life is actually rigged against you. That perspective doesn’t work for me. So if the odds really are in my favour, it’s up to me to pay attention when I’m getting a heads up that something needs to change.
Messengers show up all the time in our lives in a variety of forms.
An ache or pain in your body.
A conversation that won’t go away.
A random opportunity.
An unbelievable coincidence.
Sometimes they come as repeated messages. The same word or phrase shows up everywhere you look.
When theses messengers arrive they are always telling you to pay attention.
To what is up to you to figure out.
Usually the message is pretty simple. You don’t have to over-analyze it, study it or try to figure out the great cosmic significance of it. You just have to pay attention.
The problem is most of the time we ignore the messenger. We don’t pay attention at all, or if we do, we file the message under “Yeah yeah I’ll get to that later” but we don’t. So eventually what happens is the message comes in a package you can no longer ignore.
You have a health crisis.
Your relationship falls apart.
You can’t pay your bills.
And now you are paying attention.
The beautiful thing is you don’t have to wait for one of these messengers to knock you over.
Start paying closer attention to your life.
Stop flying through your days on auto-pilot. Pause a bit and catch your breath. See if your choices and intentions align. And when a messenger taps you on the shoulder or lands in your backyard, take notice and do something with the message.
Right now there is a messenger that you have been ignoring.
It’s true, isn’t it?
Maybe it’s a little nudge you have been receiving. Maybe it’s something you know you are ignoring. Life has no desire to smack you on the head. But it will if it has to. So heed the messenger.
What messenger has shown up in your backyard lately?