Unexpected Visit

It’s 7am. With a cup of coffee by my side and the computer on my lap, I’m sitting comfortably on my porch. What am I missing? Music. “I need to have music”, I say to myself. I get up from the comfy chair and get my cellphone. Music keeps my heart content following a different beat every time. On the background I can still hear the birds singing. Their singing always bring a soothing feeling to my soul, no matter what. Regardless of what I’m involved in, I have learned to stop and meditate in the beauty that unpexpected moments bring.

The music starts and I can hear Jack Johnson singing one of the songs that have become one of my favorites these days: “Better Together”.

“Love is the answer.
At least for most of the questions in my heart.
Like: “Why are we here?”, “And where do we go?”,
“And how come it’s so hard?”.
It’s not always easy,
And sometimes life can be deceiving
I’ll tell you one thing:
It’s always better when we’re together.”

The day is cloudy and a little humid with a temperature of 82 degrees that feels like 86. My eyes scan the backyard and I remember when and how each plant ended up there. I’m thankful. Suddenly, a hummingbird enters into my backyard for a visit interrupting my thoughts with its fidgety movements. Of all the birds I know and new ones National Geographic introduces me to occasionally, hummingbirds are and will always be my favorite. He danced around and stopped for a second in front of a white flower. “Any moment now he will kiss the flower’, I said to myself. And my mind starts to wander…

Hummingbirds are tiny and could be missed easily, unless they happen to feel comfortable with you. I’ve had hummingbirds dance in front of my window, as if they were inviting me to join them in a quest into the unknown. With 350 hummingbird species known; each one is unique, beautiful and amazing. Hummingbirds have no sense of smell but a keen eyesight. I wonder if they can see colors we can’t even imagine. I wonder if they can see the color of our heart when we are sad, happy, or simply amazed by their beauty. I wonder if they can see the color of our soul.

Their flight is fascinating. Hummingbirds, like experienced swimmers, stroke their wings forward or backwards in a single dive. In a minute, hummingbirds change the angle of their wings giving them the ability to change direction at any given time. How cool is that? They flap their wings 200 flaps per second and their heart beats more than 1,200 times per minute. They develop strong wings to take them in search of unknown beauty found in unexpected places. I say to myself: “Oh to have strong wings to travel after what makes my heart beat, and go off to that place into your heart my soul desires…”

Hummingbirds lick flowers at a rate of 15 licks per second, and feed on nectar 8 times per hour consuming half of their weight in sugar daily. Like hummingbirds we should look for what makes our heart beat faster prompting us to feed on love and sweetness. The beauty of their prismatic feathers are certainly a unique feature. The colors we see on hummingbirds are determined by the angle they move, the position of the feathers, and the light that shines on them. Once again my mind wanders: “I can be perceived, and described by the colors I project in response to the light that shines on me.” For a moment I stopped to ask myself, what kind of light shines on me and what moves have altered the colors of my life? What kind of beauty, if any, I reflect and people perceive?

I’m still watching him this amazing beauty floating through my backyard, waiting for the moment he will kiss the white flower. My thoughts are interrupted once again by a quick turn only to see him disappear the same way it appeared; unexpectedly. He leaves me thinking how special hummingbirds are. And the question came dancing, as the speed of the hummingbird dance, back into my heart; only this time to remain and challenge me to reflect a soul filled by beauty, harmony, and love.

Note: Because of the activity they engage daily, no hummingbird has been found to be diabetic. 🙂

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