Today, I just wanted to share an inspiring experience with you that might help uplift you if you are feeling down and help you trust in the wonder of life once again.
A few years ago, I had reached a particularly difficult and trying time in my life. For some reason I ended up feeling depressed and could not shake the feeling. One day, all I could do was sit in my garden on a long pool chair with my book and the dark, gloomy cloud that seemed to hang over me, that, try as I might, I could not eradicate.
It was one of those episodes when there had been a string of niggling events and situations occurring that had made me lose my faith in life and my ability to meet the challenges I was constantly being bombarded with. Somehow, I had allowed a deep sorrow and hopelessness to take over.
As I sat in my chair, trying to focus on reading and trying to hold back the immense sadness and tears that were trying to break through at any moment, I heard the chatter of a Willy Wagtail and my attention was drawn away from my self-centred moroseness to this beautiful being sitting on top of a white chair opposite me, a little way away wagging its’ tail left and right.
I couldn’t help but smile as I love birds and animals in general. For a second, I was transported into the moment where only the Willy Wagtail and I existed.
Then, I went back to trying to focus on my book and the sadness enveloped me once again.
However, what happened next confirmed to me that I was being looked after and I was not alone drowning in a sea of never-ending sorrow.
Rather, I was made aware that in our darkest and most discouraging moments, help and support are always there and they may be delivered in the most unusual way, but we will only recognise them if we are awake to the subtleties of life!
I had sat in the pool chair with one leg to one side of the chair and the other leg on the opposite side, leaving an open space in between each leg so that I would feel more comfortable. As I glanced up from my book, I was absolutely stunned and thrilled to see that the same Willy Wagtail that had been chit-chatting away previously, had nestled itself comfortably in between my legs on the pool chair and was sitting quietly and happily with me!
Now I don’t know what you know about Willy Wagtails but what I have since discovered is that they are almost always on the move and rarely still for more than a few moments during daylight hours. They flit here, there and everywhere chattering, singing or trying to catch insects.
It stayed there comfortably settled for what seemed like an eternity, and kept me company for at least a couple of hours, seeming to sense that I needed love and upliftment. It brought me such joy – I couldn’t believe what was happening and jut knew that someone had sent me this bird to cheer me up. What a blessing!
I had a buddy in my loneliness and misery that certainly made me smile and realise that life is truly amazing. Just when you think you have had enough and believe you are at rock bottom, something will occur to foster faith and hope and make you realise that life is more deeply mysterious than the apparently negative surface events and dramas that seem to be part and parcel of everyone’s journey.
The situation was so unusual that I just had to take notice and question how this could possibly be occurring.
My family had gone out whilst I was in the garden and so had not witnessed what had happened though I did recount the story to them when they returned home.
My little friend, after staying loyally by my side for ages, decided it was time to go home and so off she flew for the night, leaving me mesmerised and in a state of disbelief!
I decided to name her “Magic” for that is what she truly brought into my life.
Feeling much better, humbled and grateful and thinking how blessed I had been to have had such a visitor, I was able to have a peaceful night. Just before going to bed, I so wished my family could experience “Magic” too so they could share the joy, laughter and fun this bird brought with it.
The very next morning, imagine my surprise and absolute overwhelming thrill and joy when I woke up and walked into my kitchen, to be greeted by “Magic” sitting on a chair in the garden, chirping and looking in through the kitchen door!
I called to my husband and son to quickly come and see what was happening. They arrived as I opened the kitchen door and in flew Magic, chit-chatting in her usual relaxed manner as if she was at home and, indeed, she was. My family could not believe their eyes as this had never happened before. We then decided to hold out some tiny scraps of cheddar cheese in our hands to see what would eventuate and, after having flown around, up and down like Tinkerbell from the movie Peter Pan, and surveyed the room to her heart’s content, Magic came and sat on my hand and delicately pecked at her cheese.
She then proceeded to fly around and sit on my son’s hand and then made her way to my husbands’ until she had made us all laugh with amazement! When she had had enough, she simply flew out of the house!
To have experienced such an unusual event once was awe-inspiring, twice was unbelievable. Yet, imagine how we felt when Magic decided to visit us each and every morning for the next week at 7.30 each day for her cheese breakfast!
She showered us with a waterfall of love, laughter, companionship and joy and we will be forever grateful to her. She came at a time when we all needed some kind of sign that things would change for the better and she certainly conveyed to us that no matter what is going on in your life, you can always find things to be cheerful about! She arrived when she was most needed and, having done her job, went as easily as she came.
The gifts she brought with her will never be forgotten for they live in our hearts and souls.
So, there you have it, the story that helped lift me out of sadness and into hope and joy. I trust that it will inspire you to keep moving forward, to know that you are never truly alone and to trust that you will always be sent “little helpers” to keep you company and lift your spirits on your journey through life.
Until next time, remember YOU are awesome!
Copyright © Maria Parkinson 2013