When the choice is deceptively simple; is it truly that simple to discern what the correct decision is? We appear to have two simple choices before us. The first door leads to tedious obstructions, heavy burdens and repressive restrictions. Is there a second door? It seems that there is. Where does it lead?

The problem is, that while there is a second door; you just haven’t found it yet. But you do already possess the key to this door. If not you, then, definitely someone else. Maybe even someone you know.

The rook, for instance, is a very sociable bird and you’re unlikely to see one on its own. They eat together, roost together and even after they go the distance; they like to return home to their nest. Rooks nest in large colonies in tall trees. Their nests are solidly constructed of twigs and soil. These homes are used year after year.

Like the crow and the raven, the rook is known for its intelligence and ability to communicate. Members of the crow family are avid learners, they do not hoard what they know and willingly share it with others. Their friends and family are important to them and they can be fearless when they have to protect them. Their survival strategy is very much linked to the notion that there is safety in numbers.

As highly vocal animals they are seen as messengers of the ancestors in the Hindu faith. As crows are highly alert to their surroundings, they know when there is an opportunity that must be seized and when there is a dangerous issue that must be avoided. An excellent tool maker, the rook knows that he has, at his disposal, everything in his environment to create the nest that he wants and desires.

Part of the reason is that the members of the crow family are said to enjoy the thrill of opportunistic behaviour. They don’t over plan things. They collect, observe and attack when it is time to do so.

Many years ago, I was spending time by the Singapore River when I saw two groups of birds that we have no shortage of on my little island.

The moment that there is food to be had, you can count on a pigeon to hover all around it and begin nibbling. The crow, however, was watching from afar. Instead of ‘joining’ the pigeon, the crow took one large bite, flew to the top of a tree and began munching away. Others crows quickly followed suit.

Crows are known for their intelligence and strategic thinking for a reason. They are not known to hang around in places waiting for food. But when there is food to be had, you can count on them to sweep down and seize the biggest possible opportunity.

At the same time, members of the crow family possess excellent memories. They can remember people, places and even grudges and vendettas. They’re not afraid to attack humans when they feel the need and unlike many other not-so-large birds, the crow is able to inspire fear in others.

Don’t make a crow angry, but definitely don’t fear it. For it has much to teach you and much to learn.

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