Community of Crows came to visit me and my family. Thousands upon thousands flew by my window.
It was like the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz – an endless stream of black creatures.
They came each day as the sun was setting and filled the trees below our eighth floor apartment.
The bare branches of wintering trees appeared to be dripping in black leaves. As the trees filled they roosted on the rooftop next door.
With watchful eyes throughout the night they would caw out when danger was near.
Some would watch and then warn the others. Then many would rise up and fly in spiraling circles, protecting the young.
Every young crow sees the Elders rise up to keep them safe.
Soon all share their voices in protest of those who challenge their presence.
Crow sees. He is a watcher. He warns the others, he warns other animals, he warns all who know how to listen.
They are the sentinels of the winged kingdom.
We all need to be involved, to be looking out for one another.
We need to come together and use our voices to create a safe world for our children.
We can learn a lot from crow.
No guns, no security systems. Nothing more than a community of watchful eyes, loud voices and endless numbers of concerned elders rising up to make a difference.
Get involved. Find a community, make a community, be a community.
And we can, too.
Get involved today.
Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other.
It is a sign that we don’t need a lot of money to be happy–in fact, the opposite.
- Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
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