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The Amazing Moment When A Weasel Flies On The Back Of A Woodpecker

The Amazing Moment When A Weasel Flies On The Back Of A Woodpecker

If you missed the worldwide sensation of a woodpecker riding a weasel, please take a moment and acquaint yourself with this epic event. Flying High as reported by the BBC in the United Kingdom, weasels and ground feeding woodpeckers are rather common place. Here in the US though, our minds began to froth with the notion that weasels and woodpeckers actually make each other's acquaintance.

We are the land of enchantment (theme park anyone), magic is reality (what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas), and Photo Shop is on deck to become an Oscar category. Enchantment holds no borders though and the story was heralded in all corners of the earth via social media and internet news sources. The fairy tale grew with its own Mobile Game. If Kim Kardashian can have one, why not a weasel? Memes suggested many others might want to catch the next woodpecker flight.

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    And undoubtedly, the trendsetting hashtag #weaselpecker will continue to be a Twitter favorite. Lest you think it hasn't been set to song, you'd be wrong. Take a listen and enjoy these toe tapping Impromptu Weasel Songs.

    Our world news cycle is rife with upheaval. The fact that we were distracted with a real-life Lewis Carroll character speaks to our need for levity. The woodpecker escaped with its life, the weasel was celebrated for its sheer audacity and quite a few us enjoyed the reminder that Mother Nature's creativity eclipses even the best internet gurus. Let it live in infamy, the amazing moment when a weasel flies on the back of a woodpecker.

    Featured photo credit: Martin Le-May via cnn.com

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    Last Updated on February 25, 2020

    Face Adversity with a Smile

    Face Adversity with a Smile

    I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.

    My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.

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    Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

    One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.

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    Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”

    How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:

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    1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
    2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
    3. Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
    4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
    5. Smile and get cracking.

    The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.

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