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Birds in Your Hair

Ready for a real-life running story?

A few years back I was running in a local neighborhood when I felt a slight bang on the top of my head. “Hmmm. What’s this? Maybe a twig fell from a tree.”

When it happened a few times I looked all around and saw that the culprit wasn’t a branch. It was a large, black, angry-looking crow diving for my head!

What would you do if a crow was attacking YOUR head? Well, I dove in some bushes and eventually ran to a stranger’s front door, knocking frantically, while the bird was STILL soaring at me.

If you want to know more to this story, email me at and I’ll tell the full scoop! Lol.

Needless to say, the bird found me in another neighborhood a few days later and proceeded to swarm at my head again. Turns out that I happen to LOOK like the local gal who was feeding the crow delicious people food on a regular basis from her yard. In fact, this gal let the “birdie” land on her shoulder! How cute. NOT!

I am happy to say that I now run in a different location (the lovely Clare, MI). The big black crow can’t get me here! But recently I have noticed other smaller black birds still flying about twenty feet above my head on certain stretches of road. What’s up with THAT? Who knows, but I am no longer scared of the little fowl. The likelihood that these tweeting birds will land on my head are minute, I figure.

This got me to thinking about that old wise saying, “You can’t stop a bird from landing on your head but you can stop the bird from making a nest in your hair.” How true that is.

How does this relate to running? I believe that there is a strong connection between our thinking and our running. How’s your thought life these days? Think positive thoughts about your life, your fitness, your faith and your philanthropy. Dwell on the many blessings God has given you. Join me today in filling our minds with whatever is good, right and true. Watch and see what God will do!

In the words of Paul, “Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized . Do that, and God, who makes me everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”

– Philippians 4:8-9

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