Look closely at this lovely little girl, and you will see she has had some surgery.  She had to learn what perseverance was very early in life.

A Thank-you to Melissa Labellarte on Unsplash  

As I sat on my deck and watched the birds for the evening, I thought the same thing, what perseverance.  Here are my thoughts; I hope that you enjoy them.

A Peaceful Sunset Evening

As I sit on my deck at 8,600 ft., watching the sunset on a beautiful May evening

I realize how wonderful it is to be quiet, peaceful, and calm.

No striving, no pushing, producing, or accountability, merely experiencing life as intended.

I close my eyes and begin to settle into a meditation

When off in the distance, I hear a bird with a distinct click sound flying in the distance

Her music becomes louder and louder as she passes right by me

I open my eyes, and quickly she is gone off into the east.

I close my eyes again and settle in, enjoying the quiet

I hear a Morning Dove with her haunting call that I find so very wonderful

Her request is unique, making it uniquely hers as it is missing the last note of a typical call

Just as I am gaining some peace, a jet plane flies over the horizon and quickly fades into the north

The order comes again more rapidly, and I feel myself sinking into the silence

A Ruby-Throated Hummingbird starts flying as high as he can go straight up

Then he dives bombs straight down with his wings buzzing from the speed

I feel his energy in my third chakra – the color is yellow and a chakra that I’ve had challenges with

I take in his energy absorbing it peacefully into my being and asking for balance with all the others

Then another jet plane flies over the horizon, so high that it disappears quickly

The morning dove once again sings her unique song, and the peace settles in for a while

The hummingbird is still going at it but getting ready to settle down for the evening

I hear the morning dove sing but with much less frequency of her song

Still, another jet flies over the horizon off in the distance and is gone

I release my cares, my worries with the planes as they pass away, carrying my troubles off to the stratosphere

Silence settles in yet again, and I hear the Morning Dove sing a couple more times, and then silence completely covers everything

The birds have settled in for the evening, not worried about a thing.

They aren’t worried about tomorrow, or food, or where they will sleep tomorrow night.

They settle in to stay warm for the cold evening to come, snuggling no doubt with each other.

Morning Doves mate for life, and if you see one, you will see her mate right with her.

Just like we enjoy in our lives until they get complicated

Then things break apart and go flying in all directions, sometimes

But no, not for the birds.

They still go on without their mate, should something happen

As I watch the sun sink into its resting place for the night, I feel the fresh air in the mountains

It is evening and time to relax and recharge, time to regenerate our confidence and our peace

I enjoy learning about my life from the birds and all the animals

May God be in their hearts like he is in ours, but I doubt that they worry about that.

Here is a link to a post on Persistence that I wrote, Teaching Persistence – Dr. Rich Patterson (

Another approach to Persistence concerns happiness here Persistence | Authentic Happiness (

Yours for Better Parenting,