The little love bird sat pertly on the open door handle and gave out two shrill twitters.Her feathers were lustrous and beautiful with the rich green and bright orange hues.
We decided to name her “Zazoo” after the famous bird character from the cartoon, “The Lion King”And like that character, she was lively and extremely curious.Zazoo’s tiny sharp black eyes darted with interest (or was it mischief?) around the room. We had found her sitting outside on a bush, a little lost and worn out from the hot morning sun.
In the comfort of the airconditioned room, Zazoo drank water and nibbled the tiny pieces of almonds, cucumber and carrots with gusto. We soon made plans of getting the right sized bird cage and food for our tiny guest.For the next few hours, she entertained us with her antics, joy to explore and bewitching charm.
Refusing the offer to sit on the wrist, she felt it was her right to sit on top the head of the person who takes her around! She reminded me of a crown who felt that that the befitting place would be on top of the head and no where else.Like a toddler, Zazoo knew no fear but liked to perch on any object she could spot. She swooped from fan’s blade to the top of the arm chair and then she would perch on top of the lamp shade.After what seemed like an enjoyable day coupled with busy schedule of a baby sitter, while sitting on my daughter’s shoulders, she seemed seized by a desire to further explore and suddenly flew up into the cloudless blue sky.
I looked at the empty sky with a heavy heart and contemplation. I thought of the brief but intense enjoyment we experienced through Zazoo’s visit. How beautiful can life be if we were willing to dissolve any resistance in getting the best of each day? Zazoo’s arrival had brought into my day, an innocent pleasure from observing her playful nature.She had made a beautiful day sunnier despite the occasional exasperation I felt seeing her refusal to listen.Sometimes, in the most unexpected circumstances, our days become special by an incident or a visit – even a visit by a little love bird. A little bird who also gave my children an insight into the world of toddlers – forever exploring, playful and unpredictable.
As the late Robin Williams said in the movie, “Dead Poet’s Society”,
“Carpe Diem, seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
The first step to seize the day and make the best of the day would be to allow ourselves to feel happy even for the tiniest reason. It could be feeling joy for someone’s achievement – even a stranger, experience the joy of living, the health you enjoy, your family’s happiness and so on.
Secondly, think positive and visualize your perfect day.
Thirdly, prioritize your day. What is important to you? Discard the unimportant elements in your life or factors that pull you down (that includes negative comments).
Fourthly, practice gratitude in your life. There will always be blessings in your life that you forget in your hurry to accomplish or you forget in your efforts to overcome a problem.
Let us celebrate each day in the spirit of positive thinking and the philosophy of Carpe Diem