This is Jemima, one of our call ducks that have lived in the garden for the last 7 years. Jemima isn’t with us anymore but I came across this photo and it reminded me of her time with us.
Jemima would be great at laying a clutch of eggs and sitting on them for 21 days. The thing is, duck eggs need 28 days of incubation to hatch. Almost without fail on day 21 Jemima would get up for her usual daily walk and wash but instead of then settling back down on the nest she would wander off and sit at the other side of the garden. The eggs would get too cold and they didn’t hatch.
Once we got wise to this we would watch out for day 21 and then we would go find her, lift her up and put her back on the nest. She would fuss for a while and then get back on her eggs and stay there for the last 7 days and cute little yellow ducklings would follow.
I don’t know what goes through a duck’s mind (I’m guessing from the behaviour of my ducks not that much most of the time!) but I’m imagining 21 days feels like a long time to be sat on a clutch of eggs never mind the full 28 days. It probably seems much more attractive to give up and have a nice wander around the garden and fill up on tasty grubs and greens.
The thing is, she’s so close! Just another week and she’ll have ducklings!
How many of us are so close to seeing the realisation of our dreams but we get off the nest too soon and stop incubating those dreams when they need us most?
It can be easy to be discouraged when we don’t see results or nothing seems to be changing. There can be miracles happening under the surface though! We just need to believe for that little bit longer and keep on doing the right thing and pushing through to the right time when our dreams will be realised.
Coaching can help keep you focussed and gently guide you back to your metaphorical nest so you can keep tending those dreams and doing what it takes to see them come to fruition.
Your dreams are worth the effort!