I’ll admit that this isn’t the best photo I’ve ever taken. Or the worst for that matter. But it does make me laugh and it also got me thinking. So what’s the story behind that creepy (out of focus) robin?, you ask. Well, here’s the story.
In our old office building, every spring we had this persistent robin. It never failed that once the warm weather started to make its way into Iowa, this robin would sit and attack every window on our building as well as the door in break room. Nothing we did ever got him to stop attacking the darned window (or door).
When I found this picture in my archives, I laughed at the memory and started thinking that this persistent robin has two lessons to teach.
- Never give up. Attack each new day with the same fervor you did the last. Be passionate.
- Know when to give up. Know when the task at hand is fruitless and move on already.
After one week back at work, after two weeks off, I had to remind myself several times when things got tough that I could handle this. No matter what was going wrong, I needed to attack each problem, each obstacle, with the same amount of passion as I did the last. Just like the robin, I have to believe that each new problem or obstacle I encounter is surmountable and solvable.
After one week back at work, after two weeks off, I had to remind myself, particularly yesterday, that I can’t solve every problem, sometimes mistakes happen and you have to back down and admit defeat. Just like the robin, no matter how much pecking he does at the window, it’s ain’t gonna yield a mate or the perceived threat isn’t going away to go away.
The trick, I guess, is to walk away for a bit. Even that robin didn’t sit in one spot all day and attack the same spot. So scream, cry, call a friend and vent. And then come back and tackle the problem. Maybe the time away will give you a clearer perspective or perhaps you’ll just have enough energy to complete the task before calling it a day. Whatever the case, you can do it. I believe it in you.
Taken on April 22, 2013 with an iPhone 4s near the Cedar Rapids Airport.
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“The truth is that the world is full of dragons, and none of us are as powerful or cool as we’d like to be. And that sucks. But when you’re confronted with that fact, you can either crawl into a hole and quit, or you can get out there, take off your shoes, and Bilbo it up.” Patrick Rothfuss