A pair of squirrels on our property are preparing for parenthood. A towering Cypress Pine next to my studio windows, high atop the lengthiest of branches sits the makings of a nest. For the better part of the week I've watched one of the squirrels tear apart a woven outdoor pillow, gathering the yarns and stuffing in its mouth and making the trepidatious journey up and down the gate, along the fence, and from branch to branch into the canopy of the Pine. It's been a fascinating process and one that I've had an intimate experience of, right from my desk. Below are three things I've learned from this unfolding.

1. Know what you want. For whatever reason, this pillow was chosen. It's not leaves, or pine needles, or natural materials. The squirrel wanted it anyway.

2. Do the work required. Many steps involved in using this pillow to feather a nest. All the work involved in tearing through the pillow. Opening it up and gathering the stuffing. Then the transport. Each gathering of material required much attention and a whole sequence of steps. From getting up and down the Pine safely to navigating dogs, people, and well sewn seams. Exhausting, but worth it.

3. Trust. I am assuming the squirrel knew that this pillow and its contents were not from the squirrel realm. If it can be considered belonging to anyone, it belongs to us. The squirrel and I watched each other through the process. It trusted that I suddenly wouldn't change my mind and that if I did begin to disagree with this arrangement, the squirrel had to trust that I wouldn't do much, or perhaps move too slowly, or even give up the chase.

What did you learn today? Join me by using the #thesethreethings and commenting below with your own These Three Things. I want to hear what you are learning, laughing about, and living through.

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