Be Careful What You Unkowingly Wish For
I have gained so much through the power of attraction, and far too often it goes unnoticed and unappreciated. I could spend all day listing everything the law has given me, but I feel the need to tell the story of how it almost took away one of things most dear to my heart. It is true that the power of attraction can bring you anything and everything you’ve ever wanted – but you’ve got to be careful… because it can also take it all away. This is the story of how I was reminded to watch what I was attracting.
For my 17th birthday, my mom got me a beautiful little yellow peach-faced lovebird, whom I lovingly named Sammy. This bird has changed my life! Lovebirds, as many are aware, are of the parrot family, so they are incredibly intelligent. I had no idea a little bird could be so brilliant! She emanates with an enormous personality, one that shocks all who meet her. Some say lovebirds are only happy in pairs, but I have learned they can be just as happy with a human “mate.” Lovebirds simply need something to be close to. However, because I have chosen to be her “something,” I must tend to her constantly. She is truly my baby! She wakes me up every morning at 7 a.m. sharp by loudly tossing around one of the toys at the bottom of her cage or slamming one of her cage doors over and over! I need to get up by that time anyway. She yells at anyone that gets too close to me to warn them, and will later try to climb on their heads to establish dominance – that she’s the boss. She LOVES kisses. She puts her beak to my lips just for a second and makes a small “smooch” sound, because that’s how Mommy gives kisses. Then every night she sits fluffly and sleepy-eyed atop her little bird bed in her cage and waits for me to tell her “bedtime” before she goes inside and clicks her beak until she falls asleep. The reason I’ve mentioned all this is to show just how deeply I love this little angel.
I have an unfortunate habit of worrying about things that come close to my heart. Sammy is so small and fragile, and yet so fearless that I worry every day that she is going to get herself hurt or killed. I’ve heard the horror stories of how people have lost their pet birds. I’ve had multiple nightmares of losing Sammy in a flood. I did not realize how much I worried about losing my bird… Until the day the power of attraction nearly made it happen.
I was standing on my back porch with Sammy on my shoulder. Her wings are always trimmed so she never bothers to attempt flying and knows to depend on me to get around. I like to stand out there in the sun with her because she loves to talk to the abundance of other birds that always reside in my backyard. However, she wanted to do more than talk to them this time. A pair of birds flew past us, just overhead, and Sammy’s little birdie instincts told her to fly with the flock. She beat her little flight-featherless wings hard enough to make it out of my backyard, and onto my neighbors rooftop. I watched in utter shock and terror as she scrambled around on that roof, apparently just as shocked as I was. At that point, my worst fear was that either she would fly away again and I would never find her, or that some predatory bird would see her little bright yellow body standing out so well on that brown roof. Two seconds after she’d landed there, a couple of blue jays flew in to investigate this new bird. I’ve heard blue jays are mean. To my horror, one of them began harassing her. Luckily she’s smart and had hid under a small crevice to avoid them. I had to just watch helplessly to make sure I knew exactly where she was as this all happened, but I could not see where her hiding spot was. Never in my life have I been so scared and panicked. I jumped the fence into my neighbor’s backyard, injuring my foot without even noticing it, and began calling her. At first, she was silent. But I kept looking and calling. Eventually, she began excitedly chirping back to me. After having a ladder brought around, I was able to climb onto the roof. And there she was – hiding under a tarp. She looked at me as if to say, “Oh, fancy seeing you here!” And I picked her up and kissed the hell out of her. Acting like nothing ever happened, she proceeded to play around in my shirt like she always does – right there on my neighbor’s roof. She wasn’t scared – but I sure as hell was!!
I thank God every day that Sammy is still with me. She’s sleeping right now, totally fine. This horror story reminds me that life is not meant to be wasted by worrying, and that doing so will only bring about negative experiences. Sammy has helped embed that into my mind through this trauma, and I will not let it have happened for nothing. I will always allow it to be a reminder of the teachings of The Secret – that we must always be grateful for having something instead of worrying about losing it – otherwise, we likely WILL lose it. I’ve relived the nightmare here in hopes that my readers will do the same. God bless!