After finishing a recent lunch, I headed outside on the porch to fill our bird feeders. Normally, all the birds instinctively retreat to a safe distance, awaiting their new snack, but something was different this day. A solitary house finch remained, seemingly oblivious as I re-filled the feeder. Why, I wondered, did it not fly away with the other birds, and then I noticed that it was blind. Researching further, I learned about finch mycoplasma (which also affect plants), is a disease that robs birds of sight, and often their life.
As sad as the finch plight was, it was amazing to watch the finch using its other senses to fearlessly continue to eat. The finch reinforced many of the lessons I’ve been learning…embrace all of our functional senses each moment and do so without judgment or fear, as none of us are guaranteed anything beyond the present. What society labels disabilities are only so if we label them as such. The natural world has many lessons to share if we’re mindful enough to observe.