How a little bird told me to change my perspective

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rulnick Realty, Inc.

Day after day, year after year, I have been sitting at my computer, lost in a world of google searches, websites, email checking and other automatic behaviors. Caught in the minutia of the daily routine. Doing the same thing every day. As if by rote, life passing by.

After the pandemic hit, things changed. Like, working from home. Spending weekdays with my husband.  And of course, exercising at home.  This was all different.

Then, the bird came.

I was working out on my total gym in a little used bedroom. It is normally locked to keep the cats out, in pristine condition, reserved for the once-every-two-year visit from my brother.  But now, the room’s use was changed.  We had moved the work-out machine into it, along with some old dumbbells we had in the garage.  That morning, I opened the blinds so I could see out the window and started my cable pulls, when my eye caught a blue spark flitting on the ground. No, could it be? My husband had said that he thought he saw the elusive bird a few days prior, but I had doubted him. After all, I was the true birder in the family, even though he had caught on well after being married to me.

But, there it was. An Indigo Bunting. As a birder would know, joy leapt, and I ran for the binoculars.  The bird was hopping around on the ground underneath our feeder. It was a place we rarely saw, because we have a low brick wall blocking that perspective from our normal bird-watching spot in the sunroom. It had been seven years since I last saw an Indigo Bunting (I keep a journal). They are dazzling birds.  They are an Atlantic Ocean blue. They are also hunted and caught in Central America for their beauty.

For the next week, I pulled chairs into a new location in front of the window (one for me, and two for my cats, plus my husband when he gets home). After work, I wait for the Indigo Bunting to come back.  I saw it one more time.

This little story made me think. Maybe, if we keep doing the same thing we’ve always done, we will never see what else there is, or what else can be. If I hadn’t been working out at home, looking out a different window, I would have never seen that bird. With the same perspective, we always see the same thing, but maybe there is something more.

 Wendy Rulnick

Broker, Rulnick Realty, Inc.
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Wendy Rulnick, Broker, sells short sale, pre-foreclosure, REO and traditional real estate in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A, Miramar Beach, Crestview, Sandestin, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bluewater Bay, Navarre, Florida.

Comments (29)

Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

This pandemic has brought seismic shifts to our worlds and some of them are actually quite good   I wonder if any will last when we are back to 

May 19, 2020 04:30 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Lise - We need to make it so. I think because it's gone on for a fairly long time (in our modern society), a lot of these changes will stick.

May 19, 2020 06:42 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Hi Wendy, a blast from the past, so refreshing seeing and reading your post. Hope all is well wondering what would be your next chapter?

May 19, 2020 05:25 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Hi Charles, Great to hear from you! Hmmm, interesting thought, I don't know! And yours?

May 19, 2020 06:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Wendy Rulnick ,

Love the lesson in life you learned by setting your eyes on that little elusive Indian Bunting. New perspective for you and your whole family. Love it!

May 19, 2020 05:46 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a wonderful perspective on perspective! I love it - you're right. Sometimes we won't see anything new/unique if we keep looking in the same place. Figuratively and literally. 

Thanks for the refreshing post!

May 19, 2020 05:57 AM
Deb McGuire CNE, ABR, SRS
Keller Williams Capital Partners - Columbus, OH

Beautiful post!

May 19, 2020 06:52 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

It is amazing how much insight we can get from nature......assuming we take the time to look!  I think the current COVIS-19 has caused many of us to rethink many things!

May 19, 2020 08:03 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Shirley, I think it's a good thing!

May 19, 2020 10:43 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The hummingbirds used to come here stop for a drink. I recognize them. Chunky , skinny etc. I had a bottle water there waiting for them. With one cold winter they stopped showing up for at least 2 years.  The other month I saw a new one came drank and left. I think it is deceased since it never came back. With the wild flowers grown, orchard flowers I spot some bees and that is about it.   Still waiting for hummingbirds to return.

May 19, 2020 08:22 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Hi Sam! We love to see hummingbirds. In our area, they are usually migrating ruby-throated.  I do think they remember and come back to the same flowers.

May 19, 2020 10:42 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I like the way you look at things as i was lost wthout my usual routine. It has taken all the 7 weeks to get into a new routine. I have not hit my right perspectove yet though. I need to change my view. 

May 19, 2020 08:45 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Scott, I agree and am trying to apply the perspective change to other areas.  Also, thank you!

May 19, 2020 10:44 AM
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Hi Wendy

Small world - this morning on our local NextDoor email, someone had posted a photo of a beautiful blue bird and asked for opinions on what it was. Nearly everyone said it was an indigo bunting! I have never seen one but have been talking to my husband about maybe starting to do some birding.

What have I been missing?

May 19, 2020 01:20 PM
Wendy Rulnick

Margaret, It is so relaxing and interesting.  I have a journal of birds that I've seen (mostly backyard - some of the Destin beach) for 22 years! When I see a new bird, or one I haven't seen for a year or more, I log it, plus the sex, sometimes where (on the post, etc.).  You can buy bird i.d. books for your region of the country to help make identifications, plus the website is fantastic.  


May 19, 2020 03:35 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

I love your perspective, and totally agree, it never hurts to take a different road or route to see what is there, and likewise trysomething different to see if you enjoy it. Well deserved feature. Look forward to reading more of your insights.

May 19, 2020 02:01 PM
Wendy Rulnick

Thank you, Nick! I hesitated to write something so personal, but figured, what the heck?  

May 19, 2020 03:37 PM
Laura Filip
Laura Filip Broker , Opening doors for All Seasons of Life - Whitesboro, TX
What can we do for you today?

Beautiful thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a blessed day full of joy and happiness. We love the outdoors and going on walks with my pup Casey Wayne.

May 19, 2020 04:20 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I've spend the past 20 years stopping to smell roses and looking for opportunities to tell people I loved them.  A diagnosis of cancer in one's family  changes perspectives.... at least for me.

May 19, 2020 10:13 PM
Wendy Rulnick

That's inspiring, Tammy, and living like that is something to aim for.

May 20, 2020 06:38 AM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Indigo Bunting what a beautiful bird... maybe related to the bluebird of Happiness...

Its funny how sometimes the smallest things can bring the biggest joys

May 20, 2020 12:20 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Great post ! Being home for 60 days has brought about a number of changes 

May 20, 2020 07:13 AM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

I love this post! I love birds too. So great to see this Indigo Bunting. Your perspective is so timely for all of us. Congrats on the feature.

May 20, 2020 09:13 AM
AndreaBFerreira CRS - SRS - CLHMS
Keyes Co. - Davie, FL
Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County in FL

This is so true, I am glad you had that moment. Congratulations. On my way back home I always try different ways, so I can enjoy different scenes. I love to go to different locations on groceries so I can pay more attention. going to the same place for 15 years I don't pay attention since I memorized the shelves location and always come home forgetting something.... Enjoy your day... every day ..

May 20, 2020 09:39 AM
Wendy Rulnick

That's a great hint, Andrea! It's also good for the brain function!

May 20, 2020 12:31 PM
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® 240.593.2860 - Silver Spring, MD
Fluent in German and Real Estate * M.A. ABR ASP

Beautiful, uplifting, and inspiring post Wendy! It is so easy to get stuck in a daily routine, traveling down the same familiar path day after day. By just taking a step to the side, or opening a curtain, we can enter a whole new world, and find more enjoyment, peace, and happiness. 

May 20, 2020 10:03 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Andrea, when you say "step to the side", this is exactly how I feel it. Thank you!

May 20, 2020 12:32 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Wendy Rulnick 
Such a great story!
In retrospect, it seems I took a page from your perspective book. Decided a couple of weeks ago to put bird feeders around the house in three different locations. When birds shelter in place it means they flit around the yard. They bring joy when I look outside no matter where I am in the house ! L.

May 20, 2020 07:37 PM
Wendy Rulnick

I am glad you are now surrounded with these joyful creatures, Lynn!

May 21, 2020 09:49 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Wendy Rulnick So happy you found your bluebird of happiness. Wonderful how this beautiful creature can make you change your mind, attitude, and even your furniture. Thanks for sharing!

May 20, 2020 09:40 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Wendy, it is the same much has changed. I am not sure some of the things I did everyday are necessary any longer. 

May 22, 2020 11:18 AM
Wendy Rulnick

Jeffrey - There are so many things, I agree, and am still assessing the current state of life.

May 24, 2020 04:20 PM

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