Last Updated on May 30, 2021 by Avia
Question About Seeing Ducks During Hard Times
Suggestions about duck encounter meaning: I got a question about what seeing ducks might mean…especially if they are encountered during hard times. Mallards, Buffleheads, and Mergansers have all descended upon my favorite pond lately too. Delightfully symbolic business. While I realize these days might seem pretty freakin’ crummy for many folks, the duck reminds us not to give up. Here is the question I got the other day to which I respond to a few ideas about duck encounter meaning and messages.
The Question About Duck Encounters
“Hi Avia, I’ve been having a very hard time lately. The Covid is kicking my bum, money is tight and I’m fighting with my partner all the time. The last four days, I’ve been seeing a bunch of ducks, and I wonder what that might mean in my situation. I read your article about symbolic duck meaning, and it was very insightful. I just wonder if you have some basic ideas about what does a duck encounter means when seen during troubling times.” Thanks, T.J.
Avia’s Personal Experience With Duck Encounters
Duck encounter meaning often encourages us to be like a duck and take advantage of the situation. It’s that whole “making lemon-aide out of lemons” mentality. Of course, this is easier said than done. Those among us who are enduring the worst of this “V” word thing (yes, “virus”) may find it almost impossible to find the silver linings within the rain clouds. But there are upturns and beacons to be found in the clouds.
When ducks come into my awareness, it’s almost always a sign to start going with the flow and recognizing resources. I remember that beneath their cool, floating exterior that my eyes see…beneath the water’s surface their wee feet are scrambling like crazy. This is about balance. Work hard, but don’t fight. Keep kicking, but go with the flow.
Ducks are also a sign to check in on personal relationships. Ducks have a unique way of blowing up in a conflict, flying away, and then peacefully returning to the pond without further ado. If there are problems in relationships, a duck encounter may be a sign to clear the air, get honest, forgive, forget and move on.
Suggestions About Duck Encounter Meaning During Hard Times
Ducks have wisdom about making the best of the worst, and making the best even better! Here are a few examples and suggestions for duck encounter meaning that might be helpful in stressful times.
Float it out babies!: When the water seems too high and rising...float through it. This is the duck’s way of surviving instead of drowning. Rather than struggling with conditions, the duck asks us to ride the wave. Observing ducks is a peaceful way to realize everything changes. It’s not going to be terrible forever. The good days and bad days of our lives change, just like the seasons. And the duck asks us to float it out until the good days return.
Nesting with Besties!: Not all ducks are communal, but almost all ducks have some kind of deep relationship with a partner. Most ducks also rely on each other for equal support (caring for kids, building the nest, etc). Ducks remind us to nest together with our best birds of a feather (flocking together!). Nest up with the best of your flock! Make a point to spend more time with loved ones. Share ideas over board games, or better yet…gather together and feed some ducks at the local pond. If nothing else, give your loved ones a hug or tell them how much they are appreciated.
Ducks in a row, follow your flow!: Ducks are highly organized creatures. They have a fascinating order in their communities. But that does not make them rigid. Nope. Did you know baby ducks will adopt almost anything for a parent if their existing folks are not around? It’s called imprinting. This is another balance thing. Contemplate your life and consider if you might be too rigid in structure. Perhaps your expectations are too high…not everything has to be perfect, and a lot of the time not everything works out the way we plan. A duck encounter meaning reminds us that we’ve got to be flexible, adopt unique alternatives, explore unorthodox solutions.
Getting Clear: In addition to being well organized, ducks are also quite tidy. A duck encounter may indicate this may be a perfect time to create order in your life (organize your finances, straighten up your nest, clear out clutter, etc). And then, imprint yourself upon some of the dreams that have been calling to you. If ‘life’ happened differently for you…would you be doing something different? What ideas or concepts would you imprint upon (follow, be lead by) right now? Ducks ask us to imprint upon that ‘beacon’ or dream, follow it, love it, go where it leads.
Final Thoughts About Duck Encounter Meaning During Tough Times
These are just a few suggestions about what a duck encounter might mean during hard times. At the end of the day, each of us must ask, “What does this duck encounter mean for me?” (meaning you). These are just a few observations about the duck that might offer some illumination as to what a special duck sighting might mean. It’s all about formulating a narrative about what’s going on in your life and comparing it to how creatures in Nature such as the duck deal with similar situations. Okay, so ducks might not be struggling to pay the rent, but they do have struggles. What do they do when tough times hit? Observing how ducks adapt, survive, and thrive (with style and grace) can be a magnificent tool to help us in our own hard times. As always, thanks for reading!
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