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  • Our Dearest Hawkeye:

    As you know, there have been times when we’ve had to step in with a little seeming “divine intervention” to help you out of a jam here, or a misstep there. Of course, you and we now know what that really was (O.K., so we knew it all along, but just play along with us here) - you’d just reached a point where you were so desperate, so “screwed” in that little corner you’d painted yourself into, that you became just open enough to the help that was always right there for the asking, and one of our angels picked you up and carried you through your little mess and helped you find a way out of that hopeless corner. This is just what we do. It is part of our job description, if you will.

    Now that you’ve grown just a tad wiser and a bit more open to us, it has not gone unnoticed that you don’t always wait until you’ve completely painted yourself into one of those amazingly predictable corners (honestly, we used to sit around scratching our angelic heads, asking each other “How DOES he keep doing this, over and over and over again, expecting different results? Insane, right?”) . Seriously, we do like how you’ve taken the time to cultivate a more adult relationship with us, and made it a little more of a “two-way-street”, making you and us more like “co-creators”, as opposed to us always having to play the role of “savior” to your sorry…(oh, sorry, we won’t go there - that sort of language doesn’t always get associated with divine entities, we know. But, you get the picture).

    Which brings us to this little exercise, this experiment of yours, if you will – this “A Year to Live” kick that you’ve been on for what, 11 months and 6 days now? Don’t get us wrong, here – we heartily applaud the effort, and think that what you did took some courage, and we’re impressed with your stick-to-it-tiveness, not forgetting your commitment, periodically circling back to it and really giving it the full “Hawkeye-dive-right-in-there-with-full-gusto” treatment that you’ve developed a reputation for. Good job, dude!

    However, we would like to point out just one or two minor things to consider, since you seem open to the input, and we thought we would take full advantage of your openness to insert a little divine common sense, here. First off, were you really going to go through with this whole thing, sharing freely your experience with all of these Cowbird-Cyber-Virtual-Friends-Audience-Community people, and not have a simple discussion with your significant other about it? What were you waiting for, the after-life? You were going to come back in a dream, or float through in a ghost-like form, and say, “Uh, oh yeah, honey, by the way – I died the other day. Sorry, I forgot to mention it, I was too busy telling the rest of the world about it, and didn’t have time/didn’t think you would be interested/knew you would read about it and would ask if you had any questions”? Let us just say, in as simple and straightforward, and trying ever so delicately, in a universal way, to be non-judgemental as we say, “Bad form, dude!”
  • Not to worry, though. Your wise and wonderful wife, Kathy, took matters into her own hands and got that conversation going in the jacuzzi last night, under the stars in the cool summer evening , so once again, your wise choice in mates (some of the angels here are laughing at that wording, knowing full well how little actual “choice” was involved, after they’d so painstakingly set you up for this “choice”) has served you well.

    So, that takes care of one issue that we were debating how best to knock you upside the head with a heavenly 2-by-4 to get you to open your eyes to see. Now, about your choice of dates to begin and end this “Year” thing. Really, dude, after all we’ve been through with you, you’d think a little more angelic common sense might have rubbed off by now…but it’s all good. You do eventually come around, to your eternal credit, to see things from the long view, and to give up the ghost, so to speak. You are open to guidance. So, maybe you want to take a few moments, here, some quiet time, if you will, and be open to this….wait for it….o.k., here it is.

    Change the date. There, we’ve said it. No, don’t worry about it, we won’t take it as you bargaining for more time – hell (excuse the expression), you just plucked that date out of thin air anyway, and decided that you would begin the year on that day. You really didn’t think about the fact that it was 3 days before Kathy’s birthday – did you? So, she gets to spend her birthday grieving your passing? Is that what you were thinking when you picked that date? Oh, you weren’t thinking? That’s your problem, Pete, you don’t think! Ooops, sorry about that, an old “Dad-tape” slipped into the divine programming, here. Our bad. Nix that.

    The point is, you have her birthday, and you have this great 2 week cruise planned for the first two weeks of September, to Alaska and then all the way down the West Coast, from Vancouver to L.A. Don’t you think that would be one hell of a way to wrap up this life, a perfect “Grand Finale”, “Farewell Cruise” sort of thing? Well, we do. Consider this one of those divine interventions, don’t worry about anyone saying you’re gerrymandering the dates and all of that, you can blame us if you must, but please – change the date, dude. Make it, say, September 14th. Sure, why not? That would be your Dad’s 95th Birthday, and you know that he will be there, anyway, so that’s a good day to die. See you then!

    Your friends from,

    The Universe

    P.S. – You’re welcome (in relation to your recent thanks for the Cowbird Community). As always, we heard you. Unfortunately, we can’t really take credit for that one. That was all about some really intentional folks putting their time, talents, energy and treasure into something greater than themselves, and reaching out to others to make connections. Bravo! Efforts like that sure make our jobs a hell of a lot easier, out here in the spiritual realm!
  • There you have it. So, scratch August 20th off the calendar, and circle September 14th. I feel like I just got an 11th hour death row reprieve, a stay of execution. “Hawkeye, now that you’ve narrowly escaped your impending demise, what are you going to do next?” “I’m going on a Disney Cruise to Alaska!”

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