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Bird Getting Killed

3 nights ago, Devon and I both arose the horrific sound of an animal.

It was what sounded like a bird being eaten alive and back where we live, that is totally possible.

The sound was enough to wake us both up at the same time out of our deep slumber. The good thing for animals is that they don’t have an ‘anxiety gap’ meaning they don’t think ahead and worry about what might or might not happen 3 months down the road or in this case, they don’t worry about death.

You may be wondering how in the hell we are going to pull a lesson out of this incident.

Here you go:

  • The stress response of an animal is used the way it is supposed to be used. This poor bird no doubt had a surge of the stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline that are normal when are in a freeze, flight or fight response. If it happened to escape, it would return to a calm baseline (parasympathetic). In us, we turn this system on and keep it on by not sleeping enough, by constant worrying and by artificial stimulants such as too much screen time. There’s some food for thought.

  • Secondly, this bird reminded me an old high school acquaintance of mine, who died two weeks ago, unexpectedly, at the age of 36. I bet my life that if you told him the weekend prior that it would be his last weekend alive, he would have done things a bit differently or at least viewed his last precious days differently. This bird also didn’t have the thought of, ‘Hey, today is my last day’ when the day started. The point is that you never know and we as humans need ‘time pressure’ in order to live to our highest values. How can you pretend that today is your last day on earth? What are the things that you are delaying for some far off distance in the future?

The point is, there is a lesson to be learned in everything.

Poor bird. Think differently.

—Kyle Newell

P.S. — Our annual summer block party is going to be Saturday, June 17th. It is for anyone and everyone, you do not have to be a member of NS to come. We will be providing food and entertainment. You can sign up over on our FB event page. Spread the word!

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