Mama duck and her cute little babies eagerly ran toward me for a photo op. Ducks are about emotions, not getting your feathers ruffled, but let things roll off you like water on a duck's back.
The biggest surprise came at home. As I got out of the car, I spotted a common fowl. Was THAT really a CHICKEN roaming in our new neighbor's backyard!?
The unusual visitation turned out to be an angel message about new beginnings. This independent chicken had apparently flown the coop, and was now on her own. Chickens in a hen yard have a pecking order they follow. That's how their strengths are tested and boundaries established moment to moment in each interaction.
A little research added more clarity. When a chicken appears, pay attention not only to the inner changes, but what's coming to you from the outside. The present moment is the one that counts, so remember to give your full attention as to how it is expressed in each interaction.
Interaction was the key in our fowl story. A moment of grace was afforded this freelance chick when she jumped a fence and wandered into unsafe territory.
I shouted, STOP! as my next door neighbor's friendly dog barreled out the back door for his afternoon romp.
The chicken and canine interaction was interrupted just in time. The new neighbor, two doors down, climbed the fence and rescued the bird in my next door neighbor's yard. Freeing her from the clutches of the dog, he thought the hen belonged to the other neighbor!
In a flutter of utter confusion, the ownership and authority over this free fowl was in question for a moment. But with feathers unruffled, the kind new neighbor tucked the lost hen under his arm and delivered her to safety.
I'm not sure how the story ended. What I gleaned from all those interactions, was that protection and help showed up when needed. Timing is everything, so follow your instincts and don't chicken out.
Be an angel to someone else whenever you can,
as a way of thanking God for the help your angel
has given you. --Eileen Elias Freeman
Love and joyful blessings,
(Reference: Animal Messengers by Regula Meyer)