This probably means I need to get out more (hint hint, Chris! Take me to Disneyland!)
There’s even a duck over my left shoulder on my profile picture. It’s like Where’s Waldo? but with ducks.
Well, let’s just go with it. I’m sure there are a few ducks who read my blog…“kind advice for ducky life.”
So, I was walking Skyla around the pond the other day, and we came to the entrance to my apartment complex’s outdoor pool.
A maintenance man was doing something really strange. He turned on a hose and was spraying water in an arch so it would rain down into the pool.
When I got closer, I could see what he was really doing. A mallard duck was lazily swimming in the pool. He must not have seen the sign that says the pool is for residents only.
Every time the duck swam away, the maintenance man would follow and try to drench the duck with the hose water. The poor ducky was getting pelted from above!
I thought that was a funny way to shoo the duck out of the pool.
Only it wasn’t working…at all.
Skyla and I watched the guy chase the duck with his hose, but the duck seemed completely unfazed by the downpour. He continued to wiggle his tail feathers and cruise around the deep end.
The maintenance man looked like he wanted to scream at the duck, “Hey, duck! The pond is 10 feet that way. Get the hell outta the pool!”
Look, if I were that duck, I’d totally choose the swimming pool over the pond. The pool is clean, there are bits of sandwiches and chips under the lounge chairs, and dogs aren’t allowed inside the gate.
Plus, there are no damn geese who like to bully the ducks in the pond.
Finally, the man turned off the hose and stared at the duck.
The duck stared back defiantly.
Then the man gathered up his hose and toolbox and walked out of the pool area.
I was SO proud of that duck! Hell yeah, ducky! Stick it to the man!
Maybe that guy had never heard the phrase “like water off a duck’s back.” See, a duck’s feathers are specially coated so water doesn’t soak in and weigh them down. This waterproofing makes them excellent swimmers.
When a person doesn’t let criticism, negativity, or other obstacles get in the way of her dreams, it’s said that the problems slide away “like water off a duck’s back.”
How do you react when faced with an unexpected pushback?
What would you do in these situations?
- Your mom says you’ll never lose weight because everyone in the family is big, so you should just give up already.
- Your friend meets you for lunch but spends the whole time critiquing your love life (or lack of one).
- You don’t get that promotion you were hoping for because your boss says “You’re not quite what we’re looking for.”
Sooner or later, you’re going to get rained on by Debbie Downers and Negative Nellies. I challenge you to act like a duck and visualize their judgments rolling off your back.
Then shake your tail, kick your webbed feet, and swim yourself to a better location far away from those dream killers.
Like water off a duck’s back, you won’t let obstacles slow you down!
Oh—let me translate for my duck readers: quack quack quack quack quack.
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How do you handle unexpected obstacles and criticism?