A few weeks ago a brown bird decided to make her nest in our lemon tree.
I knew at the time it was a bad idea, as we have two very playful, boisterous, barky, bouncy dogs that would make her life stressful. My intention was to dismantle the nest as she built it until she got the message and went to a safer quieter location.
I couldn’t do it! I saw how hard she worked and it just struck a chord in me, as a mother who worked so hard all by myself to build a home for my young. So I decided to let her be and I would keep the dogs at bay.
The eggs hatched and the dogs constantly barked under the tree, we kept them in as much as possible and on the weekend my husband and I built a temporary fence to protect the fledglings should they fall from the nest.
We made sure there were no gaps big enough to let the dogs in, but didn’t consider the fledgling’s ability to get out!
So as of this morning our dogs are inside only. Our routine is upside down. The cat is confined to the bedroom and we have to walk the dogs out front so they can do their business. Our 17 year old was made to get up before 8am (not happy) and dog-sit while I work from the other room! The household residents, routine and schedule are in disarray all to protect a tiny bird in need.
This made me wonder, have I ever put myself out this much to help another person?
I am proud to say I have helped many people, but humbled to say I don’t think it has every really inconvenienced me, it has always been when I have time or when I have money or when it fits with my life.
Imagine if we all helped those in need even when it isn’t convenient for us to do so.
Is there any one in your life who could use some help like the fledgling?
A family that needs a food hamper? A single mother who needs a break? A couple who need a night out away from their kids?
I want to make this year, a year of helping even if it is inconvenient, where I help others regardless of my circumstances.
Imagine how many precious lives will be blessed if we all do!
x Fiona x