Coco Calling No. 114 - Cracks and Chasms

I’m not exactly a Nightingale when it comes to singing. I can whistle a tune or mimic calls, but that’s about my limit. But I love to hear human songs and music on the radio. And the other day, I heard Leonard Cohen’s song “Anthem” being played. And for me, there’s one very special lyric in this song. It goes like this: “There is a crack, a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” Cracks are imperfections. They have the potential to become something serious. We’d all love to exist in a world in which everything was smooth, solid and secure. But unfortunately, this world’s not like that. And sometimes, a menacing crack can develop into a vast chasm, without an available bridge to s

Coco Calling No. 113 - Making That Leap Of Faith

There are some days when I wake up feeling very energetic. And that’s when I can become a bit of a parrot daredevil. Instead of flying from one perch to another, or taking a casual stroll between the two, I choose to launch into a flying leap. Usually, I make it, but occasionally, I end up in a crumpled heap of feathers on the floor. As we go through life, there are times when we all have to make a leap of faith. For example, when a young bird first leaves the nest. Or when humans climb on board a plane and depend upon the pilot for their safety. Or when they start a new job or get married. Or when they go into hospital for surgery. You see, in the human world, making a leap of faith is all

Coco Calling No. 112 - True Happiness

Humans sometimes look at me and ask: “How can that bird be so happy?” And I can see why. Because I have no real power or status. My home is nothing more than a cage, even though I come out a lot. I own very few possessions. I have no wife. And I can sometimes be rather naughty. In human terms, I’m a bit of a failure. And yet, in so many ways, I have everything and more. Because I don’t allow my happiness to be governed by the physical; by all those things that humans crave for as they go through their lives. Instead, I try to focus on the spiritual. Because I’ve learnt that my true happiness comes from allowing God to enter into my heart and mind. True happiness is all about being filled wit

Coco Calling No. 111 - Why Be Alarmed?

One of my favourite party tricks is to imitate the alarm clock. Not the current one, or the one before that, but the alarm clock that my human family used about 12 years ago. If I don’t think that my family’s up by a reasonable hour, I give a loud blast of “beep, beep, beep, beep beep, beep, beep” which usually stirs them into action. Parrots don’t use alarm clocks. We simply follow our natural diurnal rhythm. We awaken when the sun rises, and we go to sleep when it gets dark. Humans like to be different. They invented the alarm clock in the eighteenth century to give them control over time. Yes, humans can be very clever, or so they think. But out of all of the inventions they’ve come up wi

Coco Calling No. 110 - A Modern Day Fable (With A Little Help From Aesop)

During lockdown, I’ve enjoyed reading a collection of Aesop’s Fables. Lots of his fables feature animals, so I feel represented. And they also reveal some wonderful truths. So let me share with you the one called “The Cock and the Jewel.” “A cockerel was busy scratching around in a dung heap hoping to find some food for himself and his family, when suddenly, he turned up a precious jewel that had been lost by its owner. ‘Aha!’ said the cockerel. ‘No doubt you are very valuable, and he who has lost you would give a great deal to find you. But as for me, I would choose a single grain of barleycorn over all of the jewels in the world.” You see, the problem for the cockerel was that precious thi

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