As a writer and musician, I need ideas to create original writing and music. I search for ideas that ignite the creative process. Other times I am blessed when ideas materialize as a result of my creative work.
The Wisconsin River flows 420 miles from north central Wisconsin southwest to merge with the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. At river’s mouth, she disgorges 12,000 cubic feet of water per second, which is equivalent to the capacity of eight Olympic size swimming pools every minute. The river originates in pine forests and meanders through hardwoods, cities, farmland, sandstone bluffs, and prairies before she reaches her destination. Such a significant river must have flowed in the past as she does today.
January is named for the ancient Roman God, Janus. He is usually depicted with two faces as he simultaneously looks to the past and the future. Janus symbolizes transitions as he looks in two directions. This January, the myth of Janus asks us to self-reflect, forward and backward on what we desired, accomplished, and left undone last year to set our intentions for the New Year.
I know spring has arrived when Robin returns to my window. He perches on a limb close-by and for long stretches stares at his reflection in the glass. At some point Robin flies to the edge of the window and begins to gently bump up against the glass. After a bit he returns to the branch, stares at the image of himself, and repeats this over and over for days.
Robin’s behavior is explained as his attempt to mate with a perceived female or to chase what appears to be a competing male from his territory. Robin’s instinct is to nest and mate. His behavior supports his instinct.
About the Author
Richard Wilberg is a coach, musician, photographer, and former business leader who lives in Madison, Wisconsin.