Yesterday evening two red kites were circling a neighbour’s garden. They are impressive birds when they drop from their lofty soaring heights. Strong, powerful, intimidating.
We watched, curious about their intent. It seemed they had located potential prey.
A squawking alerted us to the arrival of a crow. It flew straight at one of the kites, colliding with it in mid air. The crow, although itself large, was dwarfed by the kite.
Bravely, the crow defended its position. The kite retreated. Its pair soared high on the late evening thermals.
Like the crow, when we have something to defend which matters to us, we too can be brave beyond reason. Sometimes though we can be foolhardy. Holding on and defending a view to the point that it becomes a weakness and we expose a vulnerability.
Maybe soaring above our behaviour to get perspective is the wise thing?