Birds of Change

To me, these birds are about change.

And embracing it.

And about trusting in these invisible forces,

like the wind,

or the universe,

or God

to support us

if we can only find the courage

to spread your wings and lean in!

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When I was a teenager, my dad made a dreamcatcher. I remember him as a free spirit who taught me how to appreciate the simple things in life and how to trust in the flow of life itself. In the dreamcatcher, he hung little items he had collected throughout my childhood years. Single earnings, necklaces, pins, nick nacs, feathers… Some of the items had childhood memories attached to them and others were new to me.

I was never very fond of the dreamcatcher. I felt it was tacky, and maybe it stirred some feelings in me that I didn’t want to feel.  But during a very transitional and very uncertain time in my life, I hung it on my wall as a reminder of my dad and his trust in life and a greater force.

I also found comfort in the following quote…

“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight.”  ~Joy C. Bell

In the dreamcatcher hung a small blue necklace, a bird with its wings spread wide. I always thought it was beautiful, but I felt it was too bold for me to wear. Eventually, I grew the courage to display it’s bold wings across my own chest.

Immediately, I received compliments about the necklace. After an odd amount of compliments on it, I felt the desire to make more so others could feel the freedom and strength of the wings spread boldly across their chests. That’s when they began to take on a life of their own.

A yoga friend asked her husband if his race shop could cut the metal. I happened to have the perfect kiln that I had never used before. People requested special colors. Suddenly I was selling hundreds at a time I didn’t know how I was going to pay my rent.

To me these birds represent courage and trust. The courage to blindly trust that everything is working out for your good and the peace, freedom, and magic that comes through the practice of boldly trusting and not betraying your heart.

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