TAKE DOWN the FEEDER!
I bought a bird feeder.
I hung it on my back porch
and filled it lovingly with seed.
It was indeed a beautiful bird feeder.
Within a week we had hundreds of birds
taking advantage of the continuous flow of free
and easily accessible food.
But then the birds started building nests
in the boards of the patio,
above the table, and next to the barbecue.
Then came the bird shit.
It was everywhere;
on the patio tile, the chairs,
the table ... everywhere!
Then some of the birds turned mean.
They would dive bomb me and try to peck me
even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.
And other birds were boisterous and loud.
They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed
at all hours of the day and night and
demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.
After a while, I couldn't even sit
on my own back porch anymore.
So I took down the bird feeder
and in three days the birds were gone.
I cleaned up their mess and took down
the many nests they had built all over the patio.
Soon, the back yard was like it used to be ... quiet,
serene and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.
Sometimes we need to take down the feeders in our own worlds in order to be able to live in peace and health. If it doesn't work for you, no matter how good your intentions were when you put it up, then take the feeder down.