|Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched in the Crepe Myrtle.|
Is there anything more resilient than a hummingbird? They know that the road in front of them each season is plagued with danger and seemingly impossible odds... and yet, they go. They fly thousands of miles, and then do it all again months later to return to their nesting grounds. There is something to be said for putting your head down into the wind and just flying. Not getting stuck on how hard it is and how frustrated you are, or how unfair things are, but just moving forward. We, as humans, have a very difficult time learning to just let things go. It's hard to take the journey just because you need to, but I am a firm believer that the universe continually presents me with situations that challenge those parts of me that I need to work on. My need to be in control is large. My need to have others see things as I see them is something I can just now, after 50 years, truly laugh about. After all, if everyone would just do things my way (the right way) all would be well in the world, right?
It has taken much work and a good bit of reflection and growing to realize that I can only control what "I" do, and to learn to let people be who they are, accept situations for what they are, and not let it make me nuts about my lack of control to change things. My frustration in those situations only makes "me" suffer. I am a work in progress for sure. Some days are better than others. But I do know I am so looking forward to the day when I can, like the hummingbirds, put my face into the headwind joyfully and just keep on moving forward.