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Do as Woodpeckers Do to Achieve Your Goals

Nature and wildlife know exactly what to do to survive and thrive. Shauna believes we can learn valuable life lessons by observing nature.

Female Pileated Woodpecker in Live Oak

Female Pileated Woodpecker in Live Oak

Have you ever wondered where the hell you’re going in life? Do you sometimes find yourself questioning the decisions you make or second-guessing the goals you’ve set for yourself? Come on, be honest. You know you have and probably more times than you care to admit. It happens to all of us. We’re human. We’re fallible. We get overwhelmed with responsibilities. We experience brain overload. We lose clarity and go into melt-down mode. Our minds get cluttered and it sometimes feels as if we’ve got cobwebs snatching up our forward thinking. We fall prey to spiraling circles of uncertainty.

Then, just as we’re about to lose faith in ourselves, something happens to clear the cobwebs and we’re once again able to focus.

This happened to me not too long ago. I was sitting on my front porch feeling kinda sorry for myself and having an all-out pity party when a Pileated Woodpecker caught my attention. He flew from behind my house and made a beeline for a dead tree in the lot across the street from me. Over the course of the next few days, I watched his activity and the cobwebs started to clear.

He changed my mindset as I watched his determination. He taught me – rather, he reminded me – of the fundamentals of setting and achieving our goals in life.

Here’s what I learned:

Define your goals

Define your goals

Define Your Goals

It became apparent to me that the woodpecker was on a mission far greater than foraging for carpenter ants. Apparently, he’d spotted just the right tree to create a protective home for his lady and forthcoming offspring. He’d pound the tree a few times, then step back and assess the situation.

We need to do the same, no matter what our goals are. Whether we aim to build a business, balance work with home life, create a garden, or set aside time for ourselves, it’s important to periodically step back from the situation and see it from the outside looking in. Re-access and gain a clear perspective of where you want to go and what it’ll take to get there.

Can you relate to this article?

Take it One Step at a Time

Everything we endeavor in life has a rhyme and reason. There are logical steps to take in order to make the journey and achieve the end result.

My mind became clear on the steps to take on my own journey as I watched the woodpecker slowly and methodically chip away at the tree that was to become a safe haven for his offspring. He worked diligently for days until the hole became large enough for him to step inside and finish his work. I watched in amazement as he threw large chunks of wood chips outside of the hole. He was on a mission and knew exactly what it would take to achieve the end to the means.

It was then that I realized I’ve been going about working towards my goal in the wrong way. I took on too much too soon. I spent too much time learning and not applying. The more I learned the more there seemed to be learned. The Internet can be an awful thing, folks. Sign up for one newsletter and before you know it you have too many people telling you you don’t know shit from shinola. You have so much more to learn before you can step off the plank and swim. Or so the ‘experts’ would like you to believe.

Take one step at a time. Don’t get sidetracked. It’ll only muddle and befuddle your mind and before you know it, you feel as if you haven’t learned a thing. You may find yourself questioning your ability and even the goal itself.

Don’t let that happen. Take baby steps. Learn to walk before you run, but please don’t ever be afraid to run!

You must walk before you can run (or fly)!

You must walk before you can run (or fly)!

Perseverance

My fine-feathered mentor kept at it for days. Hell, it may have been weeks, but he showed up every day and worked for hours. He knew what he needed to do in order to accomplish what he’d set out to do. He never gave up. As you can see by the photo below, he now has a cozy little home for mama woodpecker to incubate her eggs. I was tickled that he let me come close enough to take a photo of him sticking his head out of the apartment. Perhaps he knew how grateful I was to him and his mate for allowing me to learn vital life lessons from them.

I was almost ready to give up on my dream – my goal. In fact, I’d put it on the back burner (ever so temporarily). Mr. and Mrs. P. Woodpecker sent me a message: persevere and you will achieve! Take the right steps and you will cross the finish line. That finish line is the beginning of living. It’s the beginning of living your dream. After all, isn’t that what goals are all about?

Don’t give up. When life gets in the way, push it back or find a way to blend it in with your goals.

Male Pileated Woodpecker testing out his handiwork

Male Pileated Woodpecker testing out his handiwork

Patience

I think patience may be one of the hardest traits to grasp. At least it has been for me all of my life. Patience is a virtue and one that must be learned if you ever expect to get anywhere in life. Once you set your mind to something, know that you have to take the necessary steps to get there. Rush them and you risk disappointment, frustration, depression, and loss of focus.

Imagine pounding your head against a tree for three to six weeks in order to clear a safe, protective spot for your lady and kids-to-be. I’ve often wondered if woodpeckers get headaches. Maybe they do, who knows? The point is they know they can’t just fold their wings, blink, and poof! have their vision suddenly appear.

It’s the same with us impatient I-want-it-now humans. If that were the case, we’d have come out of the womb running. And, honestly, wouldn’t that have been a drag? How would we know the joy of accomplishment if we didn’t have steps to take along the way?

Male baby woodpecker peeking out of his doorway. Patience and persistence paid off!

Male baby woodpecker peeking out of his doorway. Patience and persistence paid off!

Conclusion

Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. Make them happen. Without (achievable) dreams, what is life worth? Set your goals. Determine the steps you need to take. Be diligent. Weed out the crap that muddles your mind and clouds your thinking. Strive. Persist. And above all, be patient.

When life gets in the way, take a deep breath, walk away, and observe nature. Breathe deeply of the beauty of life outside your four walls. Observe. Document. Take heed. Our wildlife has so much to teach us about living. They’ve been doing it right for eons. Are you ready?

Dream on and fly big.

Peace,

Bravewarrior


Shauna L Bowling

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Daddy woodpecker feeding babies. Mission accomplished!

Daddy woodpecker feeding babies. Mission accomplished!

Motivational song by Miley Cyrus

© 2016 Shauna L Bowling

Comments

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 27, 2020:

Audrey, thank you for resurrecting this piece.

Nature does have a way of pulling us out of our doldrums, doesn't it? Things are rarely as bad as they seem. Once we remove ourselves from the negative thoughts that try to nag at us, the clouds clear and so do our minds. It's then we can see clearly and design the path to solutions.

Thank you for stopping by, my friend. You're always appreciated!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 27, 2020:

I've sat out on that same deck fighting to control my inner-dialogue of worry and doubt. When I least expect it, a squirrel, hummingbird or a woodpecker takes center stage, pulling me from my thoughts and into the present. As you have said, "Life gets in the way."

Thank you for this message of inspiration and the lessons to be learned from nature..

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on August 19, 2019:

Perfect analogy, Erudite Scholar! I'm glad you enjoyed this and got something from it.

Thanks!

Erudite Scholar on August 19, 2019:

Hi Paula,

Thank you so much for your excellent article. We have so much to learn from nature. The wood pecker is one of the most persistent birds in the animal kingdom. It can be compared to writers and programmers.We keep pecking away at the keyboard one key at a time until we have an article.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 03, 2019:

I know exactly what you mean, Paula!

Suzie from Carson City on March 02, 2019:

Well.....it's pretty quiet around here. I no longer have a dog and my 3 felines are strictly indoor babies. Neighbors are not close at all, so Woody and the gang have little reason not to feel right at home in my yard!! It's fine with me. I have all sorts of beautiful birds, including a family of ducks, deer, big snapping turtles in my creek, coyote and of course, the usual raccoons and squirrels. The older and more cantankerous I get, the more I prefer these creatures to the human kind.....if you know what I mean!!....sending hugs, P

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 02, 2019:

Hey, Paula! Yes, I'm staying happy. Life is good!

I'm surprised at how much attention this article gets when people revisit. Out of all the posts I have here, this one seems to be a favorite of my HP friends.

Yes, I'd say your woodpeckers are definitely sending you a message. They obviously feel at home in your yard for them to come so close to your home.

Suzie from Carson City on March 01, 2019:

Hey Girlfriend....I am over-run by Woody and his gang! I don't suppose it's because my home is yards from a huge wooded area?? Ahhhhh DUH! And as I already told you when I first commented here, they LOVE my red WOOD deck!! If I knew Morse Code, I suppose I'd know they are telling me, "This is OUR home too, Lady!!" LOL.......Hope you're doing well & staying happy!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 28, 2019:

Woodpeckers are pretty cool. The pileated woodpeckers are huge, so you can really get a good look at their habits. It's funny the things you contemplate when enjoying Nature at her best, huh?

Mark Tulin from Santa Barbara, California on February 28, 2019:

Shauna, I’ve always been fascinated by woodpeckers, but now I’m going to look at them as having more depth and intention. Good perspective on an important topic for all of us.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 25, 2019:

Nell, that makes perfect sense. What is the new thing you're trying?

Nell Rose from England on February 25, 2019:

I have decided to try and break away from my same old habits and try something new. They say if you are stuck on a wheel then you will keep going round and round, lol!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 06, 2019:

Audrey, congrats for working on your first book! Take your time; don't chastise yourself. Your muse will guide you as long as you keep pecking (pun intended) away at it. I started a novel a few years ago and haven't picked it back up since 2017. However, I've not forsaken the dream. It'll happen eventually.

I'm humbled by your amazing comment, Audrey. Thank you!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 05, 2019:

My biggest distraction is getting sidetracked. So much I want to accomplish. I'm working on my first book and it is taking me way too long. Yep! I get sidetracked.

Superhub, Shawna. Only you could learn such a valuable lesson from a woodpecker. You're amazing. Thanks for the inspiration!

Hugs,

Audrey

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 12, 2018:

Dawn, I love your philosophy. Mine is much the same. Nothing gets me down, at least not for long.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this article.

Dawn on November 12, 2018:

Nature inspires me all the time. I am one of those people who will give up only when my breath fails.Know your mind, keep pecking away, step back and assess, persevere, be patient and believe. That is my kind of thinking. Thanks a ton ... I enjoyed reading this.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 31, 2018:

You too, Nell! Thanks for the share!

Nell Rose from England on October 31, 2018:

Came back for another read, and shared Shauna! have a lovely Halloween.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on July 28, 2018:

Patricia, I agree with you completely. Wildlife has a way of perpetuating. Additionally, many species of birds mate for life. Not so with us humans (myself included).

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 27, 2018:

Absolutely true Shauna. We would do well to model our lives after other critters in nature as well. Well said. Angels are on the way this evening ps

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 09, 2018:

Glad to hear it, Chris!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 08, 2018:

Shauna,You hit the nail on the head when you mentioned the time of day I began the St Mary's hike. I did intend to spend the night, but I never imagined I would get up there so late. That and doing this hike this early in the spring...alone...were the risks I took. No more of that foolishness. I want to keep doing these kinds of things for a while and that won't happen if I injure or kill myself in the process. We are on the same page.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 08, 2018:

Chris, it seems appropriate that you visited this post pursuant to the comment I left on your mountain hike post. I'm concerned for your safety. One step at a time, my friend. Notice that the male Pileated woodpecker begins the journey, but doesn't complete it until he's found his mate. Darby helped you with your journey, but he's not your species so may be helpless if you need human intervention/aid.

Be safe, my friend. I know you've been going through some struggles. Animals are phenomenal. I know because, lately, I prefer them to people. But you undertake very dangerous tasks, as you found out on your St. Mary's trek. And you began way too late in the day for my comfort.

Keep your goals in mind, but devise safe ends to the means. You're old enough now to know the difference.

Peace and Love to you, Chris!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 08, 2018:

Shauna, thank you for this. I have some goals that seem unachievable at the moment. I'll be patient and persist. Nature is our mentor.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on November 20, 2017:

Chitrangada, I'm so glad you got something out of this. It's amazing that we can redirect our thinking by watching how Nature conducts the life cycle. We can certainly learn through observation.

Thanks for your wonderful comment!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 20, 2017:

What a wonderful and inspirational article! And you gave the perfect example of a woodpecker. Sometimes Nature and at other times small creatures like these teach us important lessons of life. I can relate to your article and I think all of us need that little push, that motivation from time to time.

Thanks for sharing!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on October 23, 2017:

Larry, funny how songs and images bring up memories, huh?

You've just brought one up for me. I lived in Philly for a while, then we moved and I attended high school in Jersey. Our senior trip was supposed to be in The Poconos. However, the year ahead of us, the seniors got caught smoking pot and trashing the hotel rooms, so senior trips were cancelled, beginning with my class. I've heard The Poconos are gorgeous (as is much of PA), so I was really bummed that a few bad seeds spoiled a beautiful experience for the rest of us.

Thanks for stopping by. I see you now follow me and left me some awesome fan mail. I promise to get to your corner soon. But be forewarned: I've gotten really, really behind in keeping up with my HP buds. Work and life sometimes get in the way, know what I mean?

Larry W Fish from Raleigh on October 23, 2017:

Great article, Shauna! When I saw the woodpecker it caught my attention immediately. We used to own a home in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. We had a woodpecker that was working at the siding outside of our bedroom for weeks. I don't know how many times it woke up us and I went outside and scared it away more times than I want to think about. Funny it finally gave up, the hard wood siding was just to much for it. Funny about how you see something and it makes you think back to a time when you recall a particular event.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on June 15, 2017:

Tamara, I've found a way to let my mind drift to a different place while I take care of obligations. I've even had full conversations with people and not been there, if that makes any sense. It really pays to put many of our routines on automatic pilot. That way, our souls can wander about unhindered.

Glad to see you here. I'll definitely have to check you out!

Tamara Moore on June 15, 2017:

This is a wonderful way for us to achieve our goals, and a great article!

I tend to walk upon each breeze, and do what comes from day to day. I have lists of goals, but end up still floating away on the clouds.

Hugs,

Tamara

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on May 26, 2017:

Nell, I should listen to my own advice!

Nell Rose from England on May 26, 2017:

What a great read and boost to get my backside off the chair and finish my book. great example and analogy.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 20, 2017:

Glad to see you back here, Shyron. Thanks for the re-visit!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on March 19, 2017:

Shauna, this is very inspiring, and I am always up for inspiring. I thought I put a comment on here, but I enjoyed reading this again.

Blessings always.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on March 10, 2017:

Wow, Nadine. I couldn't ask for a better comment than what you've voiced here. Thank you for your kind words and for sharing!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on March 10, 2017:

Wow Wow Wow. What a fantastic example you have chosen to bring a message to your reader. This was the most inspirational read I have come across for a while and I will share it. Many thanks.

manatita44 from london on February 22, 2017:

So sweet of you! You're very kind. I found the answer that I was looking for, that I was going to write to you about. I knew that I was close to your birthday and I've figured it out. Ha ha.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on February 22, 2017:

Manatita, what a wonderful surprise to see you here today! I know your dreams will come true. You're already half way there, my friend. Enjoy the journey!

manatita44 from london on February 22, 2017:

Very nice, my Sweet Friend Shauna.

Learning from Daddy Woodpecker, eh? Cool! Great Hub and inspirational conclusion. So you're writing again? Excellent!

Dreams? Well, one has been fulfilled. One more to go.

1. I met a 'Son of God' in this life-time.

2. I wish to serve ... to live in total and unconditional surrender to the Will of the Supreme, at God's choice hour and in God's own way.

Yes. Patience is necessary. I'm in no hurry. I will visit you again soon, my Love.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 21, 2017:

Nithya, you received the message loud and clear. Sometimes we all need reminders to stick to our guns and stay focused.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 21, 2017:

Positive and uplifting. Perseverance and patience make a great combination to help us achieve our goals. Thank you for sharing this important message.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on January 18, 2017:

Right on, Catherine! I've always learned by doing, not by reading about it. I'm referring to actual application. OJT has always worked for me. I grasp more when I'm in active pursuit and hands-on. I tend to space out and lose focus when sitting through a class unless it's inter-active.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on January 18, 2017:

You have given some great reminders about goal setting and goal reaching. I agree that the best approach may be just to dive in and then re-assess. Otherwise you end up planning so much, you don't do any real work. Learn on the job, get experience, enjoy a sense of accomplishment, and then figure out where you are going.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 31, 2016:

Thank you, Nell. Happy New Year my friend!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 30, 2016:

You're so right, Gina. Fortunately, we get to see nature all year round, here in Florida.

Gina Welds Hulse from Rockledge, Florida on December 30, 2016:

I love these lessons from Nature. It's amazing what we can learn from Nature and its inhabitants when we just pay a little attention.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 13, 2016:

Ha ha. You're the only one who mentioned the pity party, Shyron. I'm glad he interrupted it too!

I'm glad you enjoyed this. It's always great to see you.

Shyron E Shenko on December 13, 2016:

Shauna, I am so glad the woodpecker broke-up your pity party. This is a wonderful inspirational hub and I love your pictures also, and Miley.

Blessings always

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 10, 2016:

You're a trip, Paula.!

Suzie from Carson City on December 10, 2016:

LOL....OK OK.....I confess, there's a whole lot around here that is rotting & declining...and maybe not so "solid" any longer. a HEM!...no need to get personal! LOL

Perhaps it's time for me to replace some......er...um.......cough.....I'll talk to you some other time girl!..........This is allegedly a family site...........Thanks for the laugh!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 10, 2016:

Paula, I'm a firm believer that our pets are better people than most humans. We can learn a lot from them as well!

As far as your deck, woodpeckers normally only attack rotten or rotting wood. They'll attempt to achieve their goal on wood that appears to be declining, but if it's still solid inside, they'll move on. If your railings have been pecked down to toothpick size, perhaps it's time to replace the wood.

Love you too, my friend. I've been thinking about you a lot lately. Perhaps we need to schedule another phone conversation!

Suzie from Carson City on December 10, 2016:

Sha.....I know why I like you so much! You're sooooo smart, besides being an all around awesome lady. Nature is our best source for wisdom & learning vital lessons. People laugh at me because I treat my pets like humans.....but they ARE humans with feathers or fur, some with 4 legs and some who can fly or do all sorts of wonderful things we can't do! No matter what anyone says, I'll always believe we have real connections with them.

Woodpeckers! Well now, I do have something to say about my neighbors, Woody Pecker and his family!! LOL. Wish I could send you a picture of my redwood deck! At last count, I have 16 HOLES HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE! I never seem to catch them pecking but I hope they're having a great time! I left them a note the other day, asking them to play on the OTHER side of the deck for a while.....they've practically pecked my railing down to a toothpick!!....................Good to see you Girlfriend! Hugs, Paula

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 10, 2016:

Dianna, perhaps your woodpecker is, indeed, trying to send you a message. See him from a different light and you just may capture it!

Thanks for stopping by. Your visits are always appreciated.

Dianna Mendez on December 10, 2016:

We have a very persistent woodpecker around here, guess he is teaching us these principles you write upon here. Thanks for the creative inspiration.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 07, 2016:

I'm glad you found this article timely, Blossom. Now that I think about it, you're right about things piling up and stressing us out at this time of year. Perhaps that's why I was nudged to post my observance of the woodpecker.

Thank you for your enlightening comment!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on December 07, 2016:

What a great time of the year for this hub! It's just the time when everything seems to pile up and all needs to be done at once. Thank you for your encouraging lesson.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 06, 2016:

Excellent point, Dora. So nice to see you this morning!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 05, 2016:

A very valuable lesson from the woodpecker. Patience and perseverance go a long way in the pursuit of dreams. Probably the birds succeed because they don't know how to worry about failure. Thanks for the motivation.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 05, 2016:

So true, RoadMonkey. We need to be more cognizant and look beyond the obvious.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 05, 2016:

Thank you for the great comment, Genna. Our eyes are open but do we really see what's around us?

RoadMonkey on December 04, 2016:

Great lesson. I find I get the same sort of lessons by doing something, such as picking apples. You need to step back to see where the next group of apples is hiding! Nature has a wonderful way of providing us with what we need.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 04, 2016:

There are so many ways in which we can learn from nature; but too many of us pass by it, every day, unnoticing. This is a beautiful article, and very perceptive. :-)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2016:

Messenger, you're so right. We tend to over-think things. We also put too much on ourselves and we end up going into overload mode. That never works out well. As some wise person once said, K.I.S.S.!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2016:

Thanks, Nell. I know I've been slow to post this year. Thanks for cheering me on!

James C Moore from The Great Midwest on December 04, 2016:

The woodpecker (as does other animals)has an advantage over us humans when it comes to meeting our goals: instinct. We tend to think too much as opposed to just simply taking the next step,or in this case taking the next peck. Enlightened hub.

Nell Rose from England on December 04, 2016:

Good to see a great new hub from you, and so very true with wonderful advice!

simplehappylife on December 04, 2016:

You're So Welcome :o)

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2016:

Thank you so much, simplehappylife! I'm thrilled you found this worthy of sharing.

simplehappylife on December 04, 2016:

Wonderful read (◕‿◕✿) Sharing on twitter right now. Thank You!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2016:

How wrong they are, indeed, Bill! That's their loss. People like that think they know everything anyway.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 04, 2016:

It's good to see you writing again, my friend. There are so many lessons to be learned from nature. Unfortunately, many people consider themselves superior to animals and birds and thus, feel there are no lessons to be learned. Oh how wrong they are!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2016:

Blond Logic, it sounds very peaceful hanging out in the hammock to watch the birds. Watching the stars at night would be awesome too.

I can relate to your dilemma. When that happens, you simply need to ask yourself what can wait until tomorrow or even another day. You'd be surprised at the answer!

Sometimes I give myself a lazy day where I don't do anything at all, but read or watch TV. The way I see it, I've earned it after years and years of putting others' needs and concerns before mine. I'm sure you have too!

Mary Wickison from Brazil on December 04, 2016:

Brilliant reminder for us all. I often take a break in the hammock just watching the birds. You're right about their focus and determination, they don't let anything distract them. We can learn a lot from them.

My problem is I feel I have too many things which need to be done today, and consequently I either let something slip or do a half baked job.

I'm going to bookmark this and refer back to it when I am feeling lost.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2016:

Thank you for the awesome comment. Your confidence in me is just the boost I needed!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2016:

Mar, it's true - we can learn so much from animals, both wild and domesticated. They seem to have life all figured out!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2016:

Funny story, Flourish. One that will be handed down for generations, I'm sure! Why was the woodpecker pecking on your house? Is it made of wood?

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 04, 2016:

Thank you, Mike. Your comment means the world to me!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2016:

Shaun's, when I saw you had written a new hub I knew it would be worth reading. A very important message here to set clear goals and never give up until you attain them. Good old woodpecker.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 03, 2016:

Dear Sha,

It is wonderful to see a post from you - inspirational and motivational as usual.

Animals are the best teachers - thanks for sharing the lessons you have learned from this woodpecker.

Have a peaceful evening. Love ya, mar

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 03, 2016:

Great to see you writing again and using nature to promote such positive lessons. When my daughter was nearly 2 we had a woodpecker who was pecking on our house early each morning. It became a family dilemma how to dissuade or distract him and make him pound on a tree instead of the house. Our efforts worked until one morning I heard a jackhammer-like rat-a-tat-tat on the house. My daughter woke up and yelled, "Mom! The pecker's back!" We've always loved that story.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on December 03, 2016:

Hello Sha - Seems a valuable lesson, that you already knew, was reenforced by your observations. Great photos and metaphor so clearly expressed.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 03, 2016:

Martie, I couldn't ask for a better comment and reaction to what nature can teach us. My Pileated Woodpecker family would be proud!

BTW, they ended up having two offspring: a girl and a boy. I'll post the documentation of how the family came to be in a subsequent article. It was absolutely fascinating to watch the progress. I learned a lot about their habits that I wouldn't have known I not been witness to their miracle.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 03, 2016:

We can learn so much from the birds and the bees. The real wonder of the woodpecker, Shauna, is the fact that you allowed him to teach you, and all of us, a few very important lessons.

Good to see you!

Hugs,

Martie

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 03, 2016:

Connie, it is SO great to see you here!

Yes, ma'am. Get rid of those unnecessary subscriptions. I still have many that I need to unsubscribe from, rather than simply deleting them. They take up memory space and no longer serve a purpose.

I hope you're doing well. Drop me a line and let me know what's new in your paradise.

Connie Smith on December 03, 2016:

I find myself distracted by emails all the time. Recently I 'unsubscribed' from a lot of the stuff that didn't seem so relevant anymore. What a difference it makes in the time I have to spend on what is really important to my goals. Your article is spot on!!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 03, 2016:

Ruby, I'm glad this came at just the right moment for you. Funny how that happens, isn't it?

Sit on your porch and watch the kitties and squirrels. You'll see that they find time to play and have fun in their daily survival routines. When you open you mind, you'll find you get messages from the most unexpected places!

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 03, 2016:

Thank you, Deb. I hope you're doing well. Although we've never met, I feel very close to you. When you hurt, I hurt.

Shauna L Bowling (author) from Central Florida on December 03, 2016:

Peg, thanks for being the first to comment!

Yes, sometimes we get so wrapped up that the only way to see clearly is to step away. I do the same thing in my job as a Project Accountant. If something befuddles me, I step away for a moment. Then the answer comes to me and I can move forward.

We have to remember to not be so inside ourselves that we can't breathe. When we can't breathe, clarity has no way of finding us.

BTW, I read "The Pub" when I was at my folks' over Thanksgiving. It was a real page turner. I read it in two days. Great job on your debut novel, my friend. I hope to see more from you!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 03, 2016:

Oh boy did I need this today. I've let this political season get me down, not sure about traveling anywhere or going places I've always gone, because of fear of the unknown. I loved your story about the woodpecker. I could sure use him at my home. I do have a squirrel and birds that I feed daily, and they seem contented. I also have a neighbors cat that I feed. ( I an allergic to animals darn it. ) Thank you for this inspirational piece today. Now you go meet your goal's! Hugs..

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on December 03, 2016:

Love this positive message. And the great woodpecker photos.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on December 03, 2016:

What a wonderful example of perseverance in life, Shauna. You and the woodpecker are determined to achieve your goals and I feel confident that you will. The first step is in realizing we need to step back and reassess every now and again. Thanks for sharing this inspirational message.