Choose Faith
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Written by
Jayne Martin
February 2012
Contributor
Written by
Jayne Martin
February 2012

A large red-tail hawk perched on a fencepost not a dozen feet away watches me with keen interest as I approach.   Stunned by the nearness of a creature I most often am able to only admire as it soars far overhead, I stop.  For the briefest of moments our eyes meet.  Then he spreads his wings and lifts off, quietly rising up into the sky as effortlessly as that of a single feather, the epitome of confidence.

 

How often we of the human species, when faced with a desire, goal or challenge, dwell on all the reasons why we may fail until we convince ourselves not to try at all, or are so timid in our effort that we guarantee failure and then say, “I knew I couldn’t do it.”  Often, when success does come, convinced we are imposters, we dare not fly too close to the sun, and so instead sabotage ourselves until we are once again earthbound.  

 

A mother hawk flies from her nest to another tree nearby and calls to her young to follow.    At first are heard only the tiny cries of protest as they beckon their mother home.  But the mother is insistent and soon, one by one, they embrace her faith.  

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Comments
  • Lisa Wines

    I think, while I was reading it, I first put myself in the little claws of the baby birds and got all scared and paralyzed. But when I read "...they embrace her faith." I felt brave because someone else had faith in me. :-) And you're most welcome.

  • Jayne Martin

    "And in the end, you reminded me that when I don't have enough faith to make a big leap all by myself, that there are people out there that can have enough faith for the both of us. :-) "  

    Lisa, this comment blows me away.  I didn't even see that layer in the material, but you're absolutely right.  I saw that they could fly because they chose faith, but of course, they did so because another had faith in them.   You took my words a step further for me.   That's so interesting.   Wow.  Thank you!    

  • Lisa Wines

    You know, you brought me right back into times when I've been in nature and had an encounter with a wild creature. The silence after you stop. That moment when you and the creature are aware of each other. It's magical and time stands still. Very nice.

    And in the end, you reminded me that when I don't have enough faith to make a big leap all by myself, that there are people out there that can have enough faith for the both of us. :-) 

  • Jayne Martin

    Thank you, Barbara.   They always seem like ancient, wise spirits to me.   

  • Barbara Amaya

    Beautiful, love how your words remind me of the hawks here in Arlington, Va. I feel my heart soar whenever I see them gliding over the clouds above me. I could stand for hours watching them soar.