"Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue."
Believe it or not, I was not familiar with this phrase, until a friend of mine recently used it.
Since then (of course), I have heard it a multitude of times.
You know how THAT works.
The funny thing is that I completely misinterpreted the message.
You see, I saw the statue as someone who is standing still - unable to make progress,
and the pigeon as someone who is able to move freely, and get things done.
I have been living my life by this philosophy for years,
never realizing there was a complimentary poetic quote, validating my thinking,
even if it WAS only MY interpretation.
I simply had my days when I knew that I was going to accomplish things,
and my days when I knew that I was not.
"How exciting, that I can now label my days "statue" days,
or "pigeon" days !" I thought.
Today I am having a "statue" day.
That does not mean that I am accomplishing NOTHING.
Anyone who is a MOM knows that, unless you are laid up in a hospital bed - that is just not possible.
It simply means that I am not going to impress myself today.
I am not going to accomplish MORE than what I was expecting to,
and maybe not as much as I had hoped.
In the past, on a good "statue" day,
I would become frustrated, and ask myself the following questions:
"Why can't I feel more motivated today?"
"Why can't I accomplish more?"
"Why don't I have more energy?"
But, that did not change the fact that I was still a statue.
There is something very liberating about knowing when you are a statue or a pigeon.
The days when I feel like a statue, I simply accept it, knowing that it will pass,
and hope that I will accomplish more tomorrow.
The days when I feel like a pigeon -
I embrace, and can be capable of performing amazing
tasks.............."in a single bound."
Today I am a statue,
and I find it ironic that I am writing about it,
because (feeling like a statue, as I am),
I did not think that I would be able to come up with a single thought.
And now I will go cook dinner,
but don't expect to be impressed,
for I am having a statue day.
While I have been set straight about the correct message behind the quote
- if you are the pigeon, you shit on people, and if you are the statue, you are being "shat" upon -
I think I prefer MY version better.
Besides, otherwise, I wouldn't be able to share this story.
What a shame that would be.