My friend, Wendy and I have a sentence we speak to each other, over and over.
It comes from the book of the same name by Anne Lamot.
One of us will call the other and lament over something that might be overwhelming in our day. The other one says, "Just take it bird by bird, friend, bird by bird."
Some days we list our birds.
Just do the laundry bird first. Then worry about the dinner bird.
Wait before you blow up, then tackle the conversation bird.
Just get the kids to school and then you can put your day back together, bird by bird.
Big or little, it is a great reminder.
Hence my newest journal entry:
How many birds do you tackle in a day?
How many birds do you tell to take flight?
(Don't ask how many I have had to chase out of my house.)
How many times do you change direction in any given day?
I used dry cleaning tags for the center of this piece.
They line up nice and straight, but then, like life, they end up ragged and sometimes sideways.
I have an obsession for collecting these. Mine seem a little dull as far as dry cleaning tags go, but I like them for some reason. I doctored them up a little for this project. The colors were too "new", so I tossed them in some left over coffee for the day.
There are days I feel like I am many different "birds".
Trying to find life's instructions for the day.
A bird with a little bit of a dark side.
Or just a bird trying to figure out how to keep the nest from self-destructing.
Some days messy, some days not so much.
Always full of others...
What are your "birds" today?
All birds are from Jamie Miller at: