The Squirrel Made Me Do It!
We have a birdfeeder hanging up in the backyard. Watching the different colorful birds each day has become a mealtime ritual. Naturally, with the birdseed available for open consumption, the squirrels have appeared. For the past 5 days, we’ve watched as they desperately try to get their noses in the feeder.
Despite an exceedingly strong seal, this morning we found the feeder open and tipped upside down. That determined squirrel had figured it out. I guess when you’re foraging for food every day and you see a whole feeder full of it, not much can come between you and the food.
These days, it’s very easy for us to lose motivation. When there’s no place in particular to be in the morning, no commuting to work, no reason to put on a suit or a pair of heels, why bother? How can we get excited about the food in the feeder when we can’t see how we possibly get our nose through the bird hole? Like the squirrel, we must persevere – one nibble at a time.
It took the squirrel 5 days to figure out how to open the birdfeeder. I imagine each day he’d try something else or maybe he just poked at the cover, little by little loosening it just a bit each day. (I’m going to assume it’s a male squirrel from its sheer strength although I have no knowledge of relative strength of male vs. female squirrels).
Clearly Mr. Squirrel’s life is a bit less complex than ours: Wake up, look for food, run around, escape from dogs, look for more food, you get the picture. He’s not worrying about how to pay for his hole in the ground, nature has that all figured out for him. But there is something to be said for his determination – he wasn’t discouraged by the fact that the feeder wouldn’t open, he kept trying and trying until he succeeded.
My grey furry neighbor has inspired me to keep going. Here is some wisdom I’ve gained from watching him:
Just when you think you’ve exhausted all your resources, a new one will appear when you least expect it. There hasn’t been any food in that feeder for months, imagine the surprise of Mr. Squirrel when suddenly it was full!
If things get too hard, walk away and come back later. Perhaps the squirrel left each day to think up some new and creative approaches to getting the feeder open.
One step at a time. It took 5 days of pushing and prodding to actually remove the cover.
Don’t let obstacles get in your way., even the ones that continuously peck at you. those birds didn’t leave when the squirrel arrived. They were there trying to defend their food.
If at first you don’t succeed, keep trying! I promise you, you will find the seed at the bottom of the feeder and what a meal you’ll have!
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