Advice From a Flamingo

My friend Carol gifted me with a coffee coaster adorned with  flamingos of the flamboyant pink variety wading in a wetland. As I gazed at the scene I identified with the key verb – wade. That’s how I feel about 2021. It’s January 13th and I am still not prepared to dive in and embrace the year head-on. In fact, I haven’t even created my goals for the next twelve months. Could be I’m looking for a softer entry, and wading into life this year sounds perfect.

Thinking about this bird prompted me to do some research. As I did, I realized a flamingo is a good role model for setting goals. Recalling the flamingo display I saw a few years back at the San Diego Zoo, I remembered they are fed a special pallet to keep them “in the pink.” Hmm, staying healthy both emotionally and physically is always a goal for any year.

Finding Balance

You probably know this top-heavy bird can balance on one leg for hours on end. Ah, another key word, balance. I want to stay grounded and keep this year in-balance which leads me to another interesting term – pivot – which I am making my word of the year. I want to excel in the art of the pivot. Yes, this does indicate change, but it’s a balancing act. When you execute a pivotal movement, one foot is kept fully grounded. I don’t need to be a change agent this year, but pivoting will keep me flexible. So sign me up for the flamingo balancing act.

Setting the Pace

Here’s another fun fact about our feathered friends. In order to fly, flamingos need to run a few paces to gather speed. Perfect! I’m not diving in or hitting the ground running this year, I shall gather momentum to get me moving in the desired direction.

Lastly, a flamingo nest is not fancy, just a mound of mud, maybe 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 centimeters) high. This speaks to the simplicity I want to keep in my life. Editing out the noise and focusing on only what is important, necessary and joyful is key here. My goal is to concentrate on activities that help me grow as a person, along with actions that bring kindness and caring to the forefront.

Be the CAO of Your Life

So, dear readers, seems like the flamingo’s advice helped me work through how to structure my life in the coming year. How about you? Anything resonate, like balance and simplicity? As my friend Joanne states it, you are the Chief Awesome Officer of your life, so plan accordingly.

I wish you all a year of living in the pink as you follow your dreams and make your dent on the universe.

7 thoughts to “Advice From a Flamingo”

  1. I love this post! It is thought provoking and inspiring. It amazes me how you were able to gain so much salient and life enhancing material from studying the flamingoes on that coaster!
    You are such a gifted writer and I am looking forward to more inspiring blogs as we wade into 2021.

  2. This is the perfect post for right now. You always seem to give me the right message at the right time. I look forward to wading into 2021 with you.

  3. I agree with you Carol- Sunny is more than amazing. Love her blogs- and she’ll just have much more material when she sets out to complete that next book. Yes Sunny, I’m expecting you to write another book.

  4. Great metaphors from nature, as always! We can learn so much from the natural world.
    I’ve chosen to enter 2021 more simply as well. For me, I don’t feel as though I can “count on” on anything for sure… even balance. So my word for the year is FLOURISH. Do the best I can with what I have at the moment, which most likely will change day to day. The only thing I feel sure of is that I have control over my “moments. Ritual, Consistency and Completion is a good as it gets for me this year.

  5. Gosh another great post. Agree with all the above, especially Carol Springer! You looked at a coaster and that inspired you to study the Flamingo ( but wait there’s more ) then the flamingo inspired you to come up with your goals. All this from a coaster! Don’t know how you do it. I would have just looked at the Coaster and thought Oh what a pretty coaster. I do look forward to wading with you in 2021!

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