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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Discover the Best Reason to Take a Flying Leap

By Micky Wolf
On a good day—including those of bygone years when joint and sinew bent and flexed with the slightest suggestion—I would have been hard-pressed to attempt a similar, human version of gymnastic multi-tasking as demonstrated by the furry creature in the accompanying photograph.

This isn’t the first post I’ve written featuring these critters and their often hilarious antics as they do their best to get more than a share of the seed we put out for our fine, feathered, flying friends. However, this one has achieved a new level of success in chomping down for the daily meal.

What you can’t see is the gigantic leap it took to get into this position. Timing, arc, and speed had to be perfect. If this fellow wasn’t so busy chewing, I’m sure it would be grinning, oh-so-pleased, to have pulled off such a feat.

The whole thing makes me smile.

Not that I’m about to suggest we all trying leaping off a deck rail in order to land on a banquet table of goodies.

What I would like to suggest is we ponder the lesson(s) offered by the leaper.

First and foremost…

Our bold friend isn’t going to let a few logistics get in the way. What might appear to be an insurmountable obstacle could be little more than an illusion of what seems impossible, unattainable. I’m not sure a (talking) squirrel would say it takes faith to get to those seeds, but as Christians, we profess by mouth that nothing is impossible with God. Are those just words? Or do we believe with our whole heart?


A successful landing and placement didn’t happen on the first attempt—and it likely won’t for you or me either, especially if what we are hoping to accomplish or achieve involves more than a passing commitment of time, energy, focus—and trust. This squirrel has plenty of easy access to seeds on the ground, which it does munch on from time to time. Nonetheless, there’s something special about those in the feeders, which makes any attempt to get at them more than worth the potential consequences of taking a flying leap.


After considerable trial and error, we have arranged our several feeders to ensure the birds have the best opportunity to enjoy what they need, particularly during the long, cold, snowy winters. And yet, in spite of our efforts, it seems at least one squirrel or two discovers a way to overcome our best attempts to distract them from flight patterns and landing zones.

That, too, makes me smile.

Perseverance. Staying the course. Not giving up. Determination.

Maybe, when it’s all said and done, it isn’t so much about getting the seed.

It’s in discovering we had the faith and courage to take a flying leap in the first place.


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