This Dove

 In Reflections

“Great ideas, it has been said, come into the world as gently as doves. Perhaps then, if we listen attentively, we shall hear, amid the uproar of empires and nations, a faint flutter of wings, the gentle stirring of life and hope.” –Albert Camus

Every day I walk by this dove (shown here sitting on her nest), coming and going from my 2nd floor apartment. She has become a beacon of hope, a respite from the turmoil in the world, and a harbinger of good things to come.

Marveling at her decision to build her nest on a narrow metal pipe, my neighbors and I are hopeful her babies hatch safely and thrive. Whatever happens, her faith, trust, and patience are blessed gifts to me.

Some days she’s the dove of hope. Other days, I have called her the dove of calm, peace, acceptance, or possibilities. What would you call her? What gift can she bring you today? Perhaps like Albert Camus, you will see her as a sign of “great ideas” coming into the world.

After a weekend with Mirabai Starr offering inspiring wisdom about Mother Earth, I gazed upon this precious dove as a gift from the Divine Feminine, saying all is well.

May you find signs in nature and all around you that give you great ideas, peace and hope for the future.


“have a mind so quiet,
that you can hear doves whispering
as they rest their wings
in the rafters your silent sanctuary”

― Kate Mullane Robertson

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