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Seize the (rainy) day.

April 15, 2018

So a strange thing happened today.

It was cold and rainy, and I of course had to do my long run, so I hopped on the treadmill with a goal of 7 to 8 miles (I wound up with about 7.5). The treadmill can often get boring, so I have mine facing the upstairs window so I can at least look over the backyard for a little entertainment (I once watched a cat attack the snow for 10 minutes straight), in addition to my always rocking playlist of course – today’s was an assortment of melancholy yet powerful tunes, by my all time favorite artist, Tori Amos – perfect rainy day running stuff.


Maybe she’s just pieces of me you’ve never seen.

So I start my run, I’m singing along with Tori, running at about a 10 minute mile pace, watching a couple of cardinals, a random squirrel, and my big fat nemesis (we’ll call him “The Groundhog”) frolic in the yard.

All of a sudden, around mile 3, this thing comes at me, heading straight toward the window, and practically crashing into it, stopping just before the glass and landing in front of my face. I screamed, and then I of course realized that I was on the other side of the window from said “thing” and began to laugh at my stupidity.  Well, the “thing” turned out to be a Blue Jay.


A good sign?

I had to take a photo, but I didn’t want to stop running, so I reached for my phone and quickly snapped one through the window without breaking stride. I then wondered if maybe it was a sign. Why did this bird land right in front of me while I was running? Was it a message from the Universe? I’m a sucker for signs, so I googled it.

Taken from

“If Jay has flown into your life:
Jay teaches lessons of adaptation to any situations and learning quickly with a high intelligence. He gives access to memories long forgotten and shows how to assimilate them into awareness. He demonstrates risk taking, seizing opportunities and discovering new avenues for exploration. He will show the power of intelligence and fortitude balanced with discreet silence and utmost patience in timing. Bold and inquisitive this bird has a penchant for investigating, adapting and learning new ideas and concepts. His creative intelligence uncovers sacred interconnections with all things. Mental growth aids spiritual growth. The energy centers of the head may become activated due to the increase of new spiritual knowledge”


Carpe Diem, Blue Jay.




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