Using Gratitude & The Bluebirds of Happiness: Why not fly with them?

The Spirit of Light flying over newborn Bluebirds
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Becoming Aware

When I first met my wife I didn't know very much about bluebirds. Actually, 8 years later, I still don't know very much about Bluebirds, but I have seen them nest, lay eggs, hatch, learn to fly and come back the next season. And I mean to tell you, even if you knew nothing about them it's well worth the effort, just to observe these beautiful creatures.

As heartwarming as the experience is, it isn't what this hub is about...totally. Perhaps this quote explains my motive more succinctly; As long as there are bluebirds, there will be miracles and a way to find happiness. - Shirl Brunnel, I Hear Bluebirds, 1984

Long the mythological symbol of happiness, in this hub they are also the symbols of gratitude. With much humility I offer a short pictorial account of how gratitude and happiness are connected! I hope you enjoy!

Awareness

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Which comes first, the Bluebird or the egg?

Isn't life wonderful? To have the opportunity to be a part of it is reward enough. To experience it and to see it in its physical manifestation is, indeed, even more reason to be grateful for what we have been given.

The two eggs shown here were laid in a bluebird house in our backyard. We watched the parents come and go, building the nest one twig at a time. The parents also had to fend off other suitors for the house. They worked hard for the home. Once complete, the bluebirds nested, singing, flying in and out, and lo and behold before we knew it, two very beautifully blue eggs lay nestled in the warmth of pine straw beaming with an appreciation for being, anticipating the day of celebration.

Gratitude too, often takes some effort to achieve, even though it is as natural to our being as birth. The materials necessary to accomplish gratitude are all around us and available just like the twigs, the wood, the food and the mate required to build a bluebird's family. We are part of a world full of experience, full of living, loving moments, all of which are created to provide happiness and joy and just waiting to be noticed by a grateful heart. An new bluebird egg is easy to miss. How many have you seen in your lifetime? So too, are the moments which provide opportunity for gratefulness; they are all around us, in our homes, in our hearts and in our minds, waiting for our attention to be born. Look into the eyes of the people near you; look into your community and your world and you will begin to see the eggs of gratitude.

What We Appreciate Flourishes

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“Let's be grateful for those who give us happiness; they are the charming gardeners who make our soul bloom.” - Marcel Proust

It didn't take long and before we knew it, the eggs became fledglings, chirping the songs of joy, panting with the hope of flight to a bright new world. Gratefulness also takes flight, seeking a song and a singer of joy. When we express gratitude for what we have, see, experience and do, we help the feeling associated with it perpetuate itself, preparing to burst into song just as the immature does as it prepares to wing its way for the first time through the hole which once acted as its protector from a predatory world.

How could we not appreciate this beauty in its most natural and raw form? The bluebirds are so graceful, so pure, so enthusiastic and so open about being. The art of being grateful reflects a truth just as graceful, pure, enthusiastic and open as the blend of misty blue, white and rust colored feathers of a young bird ready to share its happiness with an unsuspecting world.

Living a Life of Great-fullness

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Gratitude and Freedom

It seems to me that there are only two responsibilities when it comes to sowing the seeds of a grateful heart. One, being aware that it does exist within each of us and two, nourishing and nurturing it to the fullest. No simple task, unless we understand that gratitude is as natural to our existence as air and perhaps twice as profitable.

Gratitude, like the freedom of the adult bluebird traveling anywhere to feed and nest, very often returns to the place it originated, seeking to fulfill it's own destiny in a friendly and hospitable environment. Incidentally, there was no greater joy for my wife and I than to see the return of the bluebirds to the prior years nesting site in our back yard. So too, the reward when the effect of gratitude makes its way home to your heart. The bluebirds not only returned but, it seems, so too did the offspring. Ah, the power of nature and the grateful heart, building its own community within each of us. It's beauty is indescribable, its sense of inspiration - awesome, and the product of its application awe-inspiring.

If this piece was too abstract, I apologize. As writers we act as wordsmiths crafting a visualization, touching one or all of the senses and pricking the imagination to experience its own outlet. For me, however, gratitude and its impact as well as its fruit is often undefinable, it simply is a part of the miracle that cannot be explained, the mystery only to be appreciated and enjoyed!

Thank you, for stopping by and sharing this moment in time with me! I am truly grateful and...Happy! I hope you are toooooo!

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May the Bluebird of Happiness cause you to Comment! 12 comments

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L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

A famous adage explains that people who are happy are happy with what they have; unhappy people dwell on what they have not. That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?


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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hello L.L. Woodard!

Thank you for reading and commenting. I agree with you. I know though, for me, happiness and gratitude did not exist within me until I chose them over the alternatives! To your point, I simply didn't recognize all that I did possess! Once I did, voila!

Thanks again and stop back when the fancy strikes you!

Sincerely,

Bruce


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg

Terrific hub, you have hit all the right spots. We really are so lucky just to be alive with all of our senses. Its great to breath the air and feel emotion, to see all of nature and interact with each other is a gift like none other. Thanks so much for sharing this, Voted Up accross the board!!!


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RVDaniels 5 years ago from Athens, GA

What a wonderful Hub! I look forward to readuing more of your work soon.


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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi Carco!

Thank you for visiting and reading my hub.

Coming from you makes this a treasured comment. Why?

Because a guy married 29 years who believes that he's "just someone who likes to spread the word about the little things in life that make everything better." is the type of guy who's well grounded and knows about gratitude and appreciation. You can't get to that point any other way! Thank you, for your comments and for the comments you have left on other hubs, supporting the work of other writers.

Sincerely

Bruce


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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Thank You Ronnie for reading...and writing. I read your hub about transformation. Well done! Will the next in the series be about the transformation of the mind or the heart???

Stay well and peace be with you!

Bruce


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GClark 5 years ago from United States

Wonderful hub. It reminded me of an attitude we all need but sometimes forget about when we are concentrating on what we don't have in our lives. The attitude of gratitude. One of my favorite motivational and down to earth speakers, Zig Ziglar, says:

Of all the "attitudes" we can acquire, surely the attitude of gratitude is the most important and by far the most life-changing."

"We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid 'stinkin thinkin' which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes."

When I use to do a lot of driving I would take tapes of favorite speakers in order to fill my mind with positive and inspiring thoughts and found upon arriving at my destination that I felt uplifted and full of energy. I believe that we need to feed our brain just like the rest of our body though, hopefully, not any thoughts that resemble some of the junk food we all succumb to occasionally. Junk thoughts are far more damaging. GClark


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Born2care2001 5 years ago from Asheville NC Author

Hi G,

I read Zig's work for about 20 years before I saw him. He was one of the most dynamic people I knew. He was a salesman, and a great one at that, but more importantly he "helped people get what they wanted."

His influence, like ours as a writers, is limitless. Along with that comes the responsibility to share our gifts and do so wisely. Gratitude is, in my humble opinion the vehicle by which wisdom is delivered.

Thank you so much for being here with me for just one moment! I am truly grateful!

Bruce


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Finding gratitude in what we have and what our world presents to us every day to marvel at, enjoy and be grateful for, opens our eyes to more and more wonders.

Amazing cloud formations that change in the sky every split second, the beauty and intricacy of a bud bursting into bloom, a butterfly with delicate patterned wings, two perfect, warm, baby blue eggs lovely tendered to by adoring bluebird parents, so much to admire and be grateful for.

I get it Born2care and I am so very humbly grateful and so very much alive. Thank you for this amazing hub.

Your writing comes from a very warm heart and a very intuitive mind.


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Born2care2001 4 years ago from Asheville NC Author

The pleasure is truly mine Fennelseed, and I cannot wait to hear about the garden blooming once again!

Humbly,

Bruce


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Art Girl 27 3 years ago from East Coast USA

Really nice hub and beautiful images that support it! Thanks for a thoughtful read.


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Born2care2001 3 years ago from Asheville NC Author

You are so welcome Art Girl 27!

Thank you for spending a few moments with me here! I am truly grateful. I try to use my wife's photographs as she is the r e a l nature lover!

come back soon, okay?

Bruce

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