As I was sitting out on the screen porch shortly before sundown, taking in the sights and sounds of nature, in the distance I could hear the familiar distant cooing of the mourning dove wafting through the air. With so much craziness going on out in the world, somehow the peaceful sound of this bird’s song was calming music to my ears.
“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.” ~Unknown
“Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.” ~Dr. Seuss
Mourning doves are commonly seen sitting in our pine trees or searching on the ground for sunflower seeds that have fallen from the feeders. They often have favorite perches where they sit, and from which their distinctive coos can be heard. However, they are easily startled, and take off like a shot. Their initial flight produces a sharp whistling sound, followed by the gentle flutter of their soft wings.
Time, as he passes us, has a dove’s wing,
Unsoil’d, and swift, and of a silken sound.
Mourning dove sitting on the limb of a pine tree.
“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” ~Unknown
“We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” ~Helen Keller