I was horrified but equally felt sorry for it. This big bird that accidentally entered our garage could not find its way out. I watched as it flew round and round and I wondered to myself, 'Why can't you figure this out? The garage door is wide open for you and all you need to do is fly a bit downwards and you're free.'
I felt its panic. You can see how it was fluttering its wings and judging by the way it just went round and round, you can tell how disoriented and terrified it must've been. I, on the other had, just watched and hoped it wouldn't attack me so I had a mop handle in my hand, not so much to protect myself, but more to attempt to redirect the bird. Luckily, after about 3 minutes of circling, it found its way out and I'm sure it was relief for both of us.
It's not everyday that such things happen to people so given who I am, I felt Life had something important to say to me. The Universe can't always physically direct us to where we need to go so it's pretty much up to us to figure things out and find our way home. (And by home I mean wherever it is we need to be at certain points in our lives). A lot of times we may feel like we've been going in circles, feeling like we're in a rut or some other terrible place and we just feel trapped. I've learnt that the first step is to always believe that you are never trapped. Just to make yourself believe that you do have choices is empowering and that step alone can release some of the panic and desperation that you may be drowning in.
Just as I felt so frustrated with the bird for not being able to see the wide open garage door, sometimes we also get caught up with our worries that we fail to see wide open opportunities to change course. It's always easier to let momentum take over instead of acquiring authentic consciousness that will require us to step back, re-evaluate and make a real decision. Newton's laws of motion have always been fascinating to me and I find them extremely 'spiritual'. (I've always declared Physics to be a highly spiritual science). In this case, the law of inertia serves our purpose. Unless we do something different, introduce something different, we can't expect to really change course or even move at the very least. And sometimes when we refuse to budge, life (always) finds ways to introduce that force that will prompt us to move and/or change course. When this happens, it's not always pleasant but we do have to see beyond the unpleasantness of it to realize what the experience is trying to do to us, what it's truly telling us and teaching us about who we truly are.
Maybe you just got diagnosed with a new condition. Maybe you're about to lose your job. Perhaps the numbers on the weighing scale just keep going up. Or maybe your relationship is just not working out at all. Whatever it is, know that it is telling you something important and prompting you to change something, to choose something else, do something else, believe something else. Only when you stop going in circles will you see that wide opening waiting for you to take advantage of.
Remember, "Do or do not...there is no try."--- Master Yoda