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Finding Peace Amidst Chaos

Osprey Nest
Osprey Family

I think one of the most difficult aspects of coping with the threat of COVID-19 and the horrific state of our country is the feeling of powerlessness. We do our best to protect ourselves and others from transmitting the virus, but some people don't do their part.

We can't control those who support what our current government does and we can't control the selfishness of those who refuse to wear masks to slow the spread of a virus that can kill. Knowing this paralyzes me sometimes.

When my husband and I experienced a series of traumatic events in 2008 and 2009, I had to come up with a few coping strategies. Surprisingly, I threw myself into reading paranormal fiction. It wasn't a genre I was interested in before. But, the women in the books I discovered were "kick-ass" and in control. I didn't feel in control of my life at the time, but at least I could read about women who were. I don't read paranormal fiction much now, but imagining myself as vampire slayer or were-cat was just what I needed at the time.

Aside from that, my best go-to strategy has always been nature. I love looking out the window to see what's out there. It might be birds, chipmunks, groundhogs, deer, squirrels or anything else that chooses to venture out of the trees and into my view.

And, sometimes, if you look around you, you see something really special. We were at the local co-op to pick up birdseed a couple of weeks ago. I looked up at some kind of raised platform behind the main building and saw an Osprey couple swooping in and out of a nest. I've never seen Osprey in real life! I watch the Osprey camera at Dunrovin Ranch in Lolo, Montana, and have for years. But, I was seeing Osprey with my own eyes. What a thrill!

I contacted the co-op about the nest and they were kind enough to send me this picture. I am so glad I happened to look up and see these magnificent hawks. It's moments like this that renews hope and helps me heal.


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