A Roadrunner Sighting: Reflections on Adventures & Risks
Roadrunners are distinctive, ground-dwelling Cuckoo birds and can run up to 15 miles an hour. The Roadrunner rarely flies and then only for short distances.
Shy, with bright yellow eyes, a very long tail and a bushy crest, Roadrunners have rich earth-toned colors and are unmistakable in appearance.
They chase their prey which includes insects, various reptiles such as lizards and snakes (including Rattlesnakes), and other small animals.
Bird Signs: Guidance & Wisdom From Our Feathered Friends, by G.G. Carbone and Mary Ruzicka says that Roadrunner's Inspiration is Adventure, its Healing Colors are Bronze and White and its Message is, "Adventure is a worthwhile risk."
"If you are like Roadrunner, you are willing to take risks and chances to fulfill your adventurous spirit."
Roadrunner invites us to seek out new adventures. According to Carbone, "Roadrunner mates for life, and perhaps you too are looking for a companion with whom you can run through rainstorms, explore caverns, or climb to the highest plateau."
The spirit of Roadrunner is akin to my lifestyle in many ways and I was so excited to be able to photograph this magnificent bird recently, complete with its lizard lunch to go.
Adventure, fulfillment and risk are fascinating concepts. Many people shun and attempt to avoid risks, and as a result they miss out on many of life's greatest adventures and some of its most fulfilling rewards.
By its very nature, adventure has elements of daring, challenge and excitement. Scary and excited are two sides of the same coin.
We can live safe, sheltered lives or we can lead adventurous lives, but we cannot stay nestled within our comfort zone and soar at the same time.
It is only when the caterpillar leaves its cocoon that it finds its wings and comes to realize its true nature as a butterfly.
The colorful kite soars highest as it rises against the wind; it flies best when it experiences and meets resistance.
It is only when we move beyond what and who we are now, that we have the opportunity to become what we might yet be.
As John F. Kennedy observed, "There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the risks of inaction."
Roadrunner tells us that taking risks is well worth the efforts, costs and uncertainties. For it is only when we honor and act upon our adventurous spirit that we will experience more, have more and become more.
In the words and wisdom of Maxwell Maltz, "We must have the courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness."
A delightful resource for gleaning more meaning & insight from Nature.
An insightful and practical guide for having more adventure in your life.
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