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Success Secrets of Mother Nature: Red-Tailed Hawk Part 2: Trust and Faith

In yesterday’s post, I told you about one of the Red Tailed hawks that lives in my neighborhood (click here to be taken to the post). Even though I didn’t see the hawk today, it stayed on my mind all day.

I kept picturing the way the hawk seemed so carefree and how it playfully wheeled in the sky as it skimmed along on the thermals. Never once did it over exert itself–or even exert itself, for that matter! But yet, it soared!

To my amazement, at one point I noticed the hawk was climbing HIGHER in the sky!

There was no desperate flapping of wings slinging feathers everywhere, and there was no squawking and carrying on while it strained to go higher.

No, none of that!

With a simple and easy tilt of its wings, the hawk glided higher in the sky!

This got me to thinking….

The hawk did what it did best–in this case, gliding and soaring. Not once did it worry or get frustrated and curse its bad luck at having been born a hawk. Not once did it try to catch prey like a bear or a shark would.


Not once.

Instead, the hawk trusted that it had what it took to be a hawk. And it trusted that with observation and patience, opportunities that were right for it would come along. And, when they did, the hawk took immediate action!

Your homework is to trust and have faith in the fact that you have what it takes to be you and that Nature, events, and opportunities are supporting you in being you. Trust and have faith in the fact that you also have what it takes to make your dreams come true and that Nature, events, and opportunities are conspiring to help you live the life of your dreams.

Like the hawk, be patient, be observant, and do what you naturally do best. When opportunities line up, take action!

You can do it, I know you can!

I am very proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,


Success Secrets from Mother Nature: Red-Tailed Hawk Part 1: Just Hangin’

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Copyright 2015 Artisans Workshop Designs

In my neighborhood we have at least two Red-Tailed Hawks that live with us–in the wild, of course! Yesterday, I was taking a break from working and was gazing out the window. It was a beautiful sunny, early fall, day–the leaves with a hint of color and a powder blue sky decorated by a few beached white clouds. As I was taking in the scene, I noticed one of our resident hawks lazily circling on the air currents.

My first thought about the hawk was: Not a care in the world; just effortlessly gliding along.

This got me to thinking….

How many times do we worry and fret, allow our stomachs to knot up, and then we end up losing sleep because of something gnawing at us? More than that, though, how many times does that issue resolve itself and, on its heels, another one comes along…starting up the whole worry process again? If we aren’t careful, this cycle of worry can go on for years–decades, even–firmly entrenching itself as a habit pattern–a bad habit pattern.

We can take a lesson from the hawk as it was ‘just hangin” on the air currents. Perhaps it was hungry and eager for a meal. Instead of fretting about it and flapping its wings all over the place and squawking and carrying on, it was just hangin’, gliding through the air.

As it circled, the hawk probably had its eyes open and was attentive to what was happening on the ground (the most likely location of its meal), but it was probably alert to other opportunities that might come along–keeping its options open (for instance, it could have grabbed a bird in mid-flight)!

Then, as I watched, the hawk altered its pattern. It folded its wings and swooped below the tree line into the meadow beyond. I imagined that the hawk’s choice of just hangin’ and being open to the possibilities paid off in the form of a tasty meal.

Like the Red-Tailed Hawk, as we move toward our dreams, we can relax and just hang, being open to what comes along. When an opportunity does present itself, we can swoop in and take advantage of it!

Your homework today is to take time to just hang. That doesn’t mean to veg-out like some sort of zombie. It means to suspend judgment and worry and, in a relaxed state, observe what’s going on around you. When you spot something that can help you move forward toward your dreams, take action!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,