#5: What Sound are you grateful for today?
I’m currently conducting a rather strange experiment in Gratitude. As many of you may know, I breed Japanese Quail and at present my flock consists of 27 quails, male and females. The girls are adorable, chirping away contentedly when they get fed.
The boys, however, like to bicker over which of the girls is theirs, if you know what I mean 😉. And although our local council disallows the keeping of roosters, there’s no law against keeping male quail. Probably because most people have no idea that what they’re hearing is not a normal quail “song”, but rather the “crow” of a male quail. It’s quite a distinctive sound, I can assure you!
I haven’t actually done a head count of how many boy quails I have, but suffice to say even 1 is enough to drive anyone wild with its crowing. Which, incidentally, can occur at any time of the day or night. They’re generally quiet at night, until someone switches on the light in their room (ahem! the ex) and then the boys think it’s the sun coming up and that’s when the cacophony starts!
I call my boys “Lionel Richie”, because one boy’s crowing can start off a whole chorus of crowing, rather reminiscent of Lionel Richie’s famous song “All Night Long” (imagine the echoing chorus of that song, and you’ll understand what I mean).
But anyway, back to my experiment. I like to have a siesta aka “Nana nap” in the afternoons. But my Lionel Richies can be quite active at that time. I’m sure many of you understand what it can be like to try and catch a nap when the neighbour’s mowing their lawn, or when the kids next door are splashing and squealing in their swimming pool right outside your room.
With this Gratitude experiment, instead of cursing the quails every time they crow, I’ve begun thanking them. Each time they crow, I think to myself, “Thank you for your lovely serenade”, “You’re beautiful birds and I love you”, “I’m grateful for your sweet song”.
And would you believe, it actually seems to work? Either the birds quieten down, or my mind has learnt to block out their sound. Because these days their crowing doesn’t bother me anymore, and I have the most refreshing naps.
Go figure! I for one, am grateful for the sound of my quails crowing. If they crow, I love and thank them til they go quiet. If they’re quiet, I love and thank them for their quietness.