time for the climb? . . .

Oh, to be as persistent as a squirrel.

You know, they have no idea that they can’t.  They try and try–everyday, twenty times a day.  These long tailed rodents have never listened to anyone telling them it is impossible to raid the feeder on the pole they are climbing.

Some of you may remember our saga of the squirrels last year.  We trapped sixteen of the furry pests and carried them to far away places.  Then Tom discovered a method that assured their abstinence of the birds’ sunflower seeds.

The squirrels climb the pole, look up into a black hole, then scamper down just as quickly.  One will come down, and another one will  begin his climb. The interesting fact is that they do this exercise every day–over and over.

We have squirrels again this summer and they take their meals at other tables; we even enjoy their antics.  We are not concerned that they are taking food from the birds’ mouths.

But the metal cyclinder on the pole does not stop them from trying.  (click to enlarge)503

I have indulged in a happy dream of writing for years; I can imagine a row of books at a Lifeway store.   I delight in words coming together to make some semblance of meaning; and I have published a few articles.  However, and a big however, is my lack of discipline, hard work, perseverance. Too many other interests guarantee that it is just that–a dream.

But I was curious and a bit hopeful after reading a book on writing and corresponding with the author this past May.  He was kind enough to critique some of my work, and I was eager to know the answer to my life question–what to be when I grow up?

Or was I?

“You have potential and talent, but you have a long way to go” were his words to me.  I imagined that word was a very looooooooooooooooooooooong long way.   I still am not sure if I were relieved or devastated.  All writers, would-be’s and wannabe’s, evidently believe they have talent.  My reply to him,  “I do not have the time to go a long way. You have mercifully released me of any notion I have ever had for writing, and I rest in that more peacefully.”

I really want to be like a squirrel. I think. Maybe, perhaps.  But probably not.  They have more determination and persistence than I; they  believe they can.  They try and try.  I have written one or two blogs since that fatal blow.  I do not want that one statement to quench a desire to blog, so in that way, I may be a bit “squirrelly.”

“Words from a wise man’s mouth are gracious,” Ecclesiastes 10: 12

Many verses in Proverbs encourage us to give attention to the wise.  For those of you who have time to “go a long way”,  I would urge you to begin that journey of your lifetime.  Persevere and climb those poles of obstacles and impossible situations.  Keep at it—over and over.

Be a squirrel.

About oct17

The little girl in me loves bird watching, butterflies, sunrises, sunsets, walks in the rain; the adult I am enjoys the same. I sense God's awesomeness in all of life--what wonder there is in slicing a leek or cutting open a pomegranate. I have many favorite things--a formation of Canadian geese flying overhead, the giggles of my grand daughters, the first ripe watermelon in summer, snowflakes on my face--these gifts from my heavenly Father delight me continually.
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6 Responses to time for the climb? . . .

  1. Kaye says:

    I always enjoy your posts. Some are happy, some informative, some sad, some thought provoking, but always interesting. Keep up the good work.


  2. Glenda Ferguson says:

    You always bless my heart so don’t give up on these journey to now encouraging words that I look forward to seeing. We had a family of rabbits In our back yard and having a horrible time keeping the neighborhood cats (2) from getting these little bunnies. Any suggestions? We also have the bird feeders where the cute little critters (squirrels) can’t get to the seed. The Jaybirds try to keep monopoly on our big feeder but we also have two other feeders for the small birds tat they can’t sit on the eat. Looking forward to your next writing.


  3. Amy says:

    I have been encouraged by your postings and enjoyed your choice of words to describe situation, especially this one ignited a flame that was almost dying in me. Thank you and I look forward to your next posting.


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