Bird Ballet

Bird Ballet, mumuration, starlings, starling mumeration, birds, flocks of birds, flocking birds,

You don’t have to be a bird hobbyist to enjoy this.

In this brief bird ballet, two bright lasses paddle toward a lovely aisle in the River Shannon, on a blustery Irish day, when they’re treated to an amazing murmeration—or dance—of starlings for an experience they’re bound to remember for life.  So glad they shared their experience and delight in it with the world.  Thanks to Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith!

There are a number of amazing “murmuration” videos to enjoy if you search YouTube for ‘murmuration’.  I chose this short 2 minute video by Sophie and Liberty, of, because it includes the raw footage of them and their obvious and incredulous delight at the scene of the amazing dance of starlings at sunset, which they were graced to witness.

I don’t think they knew what they were in for when they set out for the island, but what they got was clearly so much more.  It’s worth 2 minutes of your time, and here’s one more that’s well worth 2.5 minutes of your time.  When we invest in beauty and inspiration, we live a beautiful and inspired life.  See Alain Delorme’s capturing of murmuration magic via his site:

If you want more after that, there are other similarly beautiful videos to be found if you search YouTube for ‘murmuration’.  Enjoy…recharge…you will be glad you did.

What’s Your Life Script?

What's Your Life Script, What's your story, Change your story, Baby Boomers, Boomers and Beyond, Boomers, Seniors

What’s your life script? What’s your story?  Our stories create the manuscript of our lives.  What stories are you telling yourself?  You are the author.

If you don’t like how your story is playing out, change it.

We are all a compilation of stories and messages written into the margins and pages of our lives.  Think about it:  all that you know… all that you believe.. all that you hold to be how things are is mostly content and context spun for you in the tales of others.

As children we are raised on the myths of our times.  You know… the one where Zeus creates the thunderstorms and when it’s bad, he’s mad.  Oh, wait!  That’s not from our time is it?  But if we were born around 4 CE Rome, that would be a part of our story.

Many of today’s children believe in Santa Claus… that is until they don’t.  As adults, we believe other and different things, based on the culture we’re born into and raised in.  Some of us live in those beliefs forever.  Others seek alternative beliefs, and some perpetually break free of beliefs.

If you were born in the past couple decades into a remote aboriginal tribe, your beliefs—your world actually—would be comprised of the stories and traditions of your tribe.  Yet a trek to a city and a plane trip away, you could be in a modern metropolis, surrounded by millions of people, many of who believe some similar things culturally, and yet also some very different things, in particular about our own lives and our own worldview.  If you were born into a ghetto, your beliefs would be very different than if you were born into wealth and opportunity.  And yet, we are all in the same world… sometimes even in the same city. But besides our circumstance of birth… at a way-station between then and now, lives an exit to another story, and we can take a completely different route, if we wish to.

Our life is first made up of the stories we’ve been told, and then of the stories we tell ourselves.

Writers wrestle with forks in the road of their characters and plot lines, and they know there’s more than one way for the story to proceed, and more than one way for it to end.  Many writers begin with the end in mind, and work their way toward that, and yet as their novel evolves, sometimes they discover and choose twists and turns that surprise them and end up in a different and even better place in the end.

What if we begin our life, from this day forward, by directing it with the end in mind?

So what’s your life script, and what ending do you wish?  We tend to forget the power we have to create the life we want.  In fact, we too often forget that we are the only one who can.  Who else is going to create the life of our dreams for us?  You are the author, so it’s up to you. Now proceed to fill in the pages of your life toward the final chapter as you would write it.

You are the author, director, star and producer, now go create what you will… what YOU WILL.