That day, I parked my car remotely in the exercise gym parking lot—I am trying to work more steps, stairs, and moving into my daily routine. As I got out to head quickly inside and escape the cold, I heard a most unusual sound. It sounded like a crow kinda “barking.” Yes, that is the name of the sound that came to mind. At first, I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from, but then I looked up.
There on top of the parking lot light pole next to my car, a beautiful black crow stood enjoying the sunshine. Apparently it was delighted at having someone to talk to, so he/she “greeted me” from the heart. The sound seemed like bird barking, instead of “Caw, caw, caw.” But I immediately understood the sentiment and was delighted at this sweet hello.
So I responded “Good morning to you, too. You made my day, beautiful bird. Have a good one yourself.” Then I rushed off toward the building, moving quickly in my thin workout outfit. It seemed like my crow friend had sufficient feathers to stay warm, but I wasn’t dressed for the brisk weather.
It’s wonderful to experience these unexpected life moments. They hearten and uplift. A “barking“ bird on a light pole speaks from the heart. It reminds me I can speak out, too. I can easily make someone’s day with a small investment in time and energy—sharing a smile, a hello, or wave of greeting—greetings from the heart.
Please share a unique greeting from the heart you’ve experienced.