This past weekend the cute factor was raised 100% when we finally received the chicks that we’d ordered at Waquoit Feed. As we were wrapping things up to cart the chicks home, the owner ran up and asked if we were interested in taking the last chick home. Looking into our box of nine and peering at the lonely one scrabbling around in its box alone and forlorn, the answer was abundantly clear. YES. We set up their first home in a kiddie pool with wood shavings, feeder and water source and set about letting my son put each one in. We laughed and squealed with delight at watching our new occupants discovering their new home until we noticed that the last chick that we added was not moving around with as much new-chick energy and vigor. It stood weeble-wobbling on its two spindly legs blinking its eyes slowly as it stood unsure in its new surroundings. Minutes and then hours passed as we meditated hard for this new chick to find and feel its way (in a chick’s life I think this must seem like years!). After its lonely beginnings, we were rooting for it with all of our hearts.
As morning broke, we ran to the chicks to find all of them thankfully alive. The chick in trouble seemed to have broken through its initial unsteadiness and was now poking and pecking like her sisters. As we observed the chicks more, we saw how each had their own distinctive attributes. We decided that this fighter deserved to be named first. We named her Wibbly. Like a Weeble, she might have wobbled but she never fell down and she made it through her darkest hours to find her place in the flock.
Life is funny. This chick represented a snapshot of the arc of life from being born, to being uprooted, to feeling discomfort, to adapting, and then to thriving in a span of 12 hours. Thanks Mother Nature. You rule.
This week at the TYC Book Club, please join Melissa as she discusses, Daring Greatly, by Brene Brown PhD, LMSW. If you are feeling at any part of the arc of our friend Wibbly, this book will provide you with insight as to the great strength that vulnerability holds. All parts of the journey are necessary. Discover the strength of your own, here.
We are sending you all good wishes and look forward to practicing with you soon!