Kill That Pigeon

I wanted that pigeon dead; it’s sad but true. Now don’t get me wrong, I love birds. I’d like a house full of them, and barnyard too. (Not that I have a barn!) But I did not like that pigeon! “Kill that pigeon, I said!” 

The outside walls of old Italian houses like ours, are full of nooks and crannies. Perfect nesting spots for birds. And I usually think: “Oh how lovely, baby birds to watch!”

But roosting pigeons are loud and annoying. And their favorite nesting spot is on the same wall as our bed! Our walls are really thick and I never would have dreamed that a bird could be heard through them. But that morning dove came through loud and clear each day. Too early. And too loud. And the longer I heard it, the more I wanted that bird dead!

But my attitude troubled me.

It wasn’t even the bird’s fault. She was only doing what doves do. Then one morning as I got more and more angry, this Bible verse came to mind:

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks…

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 WEB

Give thanks for everything? That didn’t leave much room to grumble and complain, did it? And over a dumb thing like a pigeon!! So I thanked God for that dove, and then I remembered how happy I always am to see other wildlife. Was the pigeon really any different?

And you know, all at once I found all kinds of things to be grateful for!

  • I’m thankful that I live in a peaceful, quiet place.
  • That it’s quiet enough to hear the chirping birds and insects.
  • That it’s a beautiful area full of wildlife.
  • That I awake to birds singing each morning, not to the din of traffic.
  • And that my alarm clock is a gentle dove. And not bombs exploding, as in so many places around the world.

The dove hasn’t gone away just because I’m thankful for her. She’s still there. But that’s OK. Because I know she’ll soon leave her nest, leaving my mornings in silence. And because the gentle cooing of that dove showed me how many blessings I forget to count! We have so much to thank God for.

How many blessings do you forget to count?

For all that has been, Thank you. For all that is to come, Yes.

Dag Hammaskjold

Image credits: Pigeon | Window.

Author: Signora Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. In Italy 30+ years. I'm glad you're here and hope you'll join my journey!

16 thoughts on “Kill That Pigeon”

    1. You’re so right. This world is full of anger and hatred, and it just seems to get worse. How much of that could possibly disappear if we could just learn to practice gratitude with a truly grateful heart? That quote really is great. It reminds us that God has it all under control – all the time!!


  1. We have a pair of doves furiously building a nest in a pine tree, but it’s about 10-12m from the house, not in the wall. ✌️😀 … nice turnaround!


    1. Thanks Mike. I like watching the pigeons when they’re a bit further from the house. And not literally above my head! I really was hating that dove! But God is so good to use these simple lessons to put us back on track!

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  2. Your story illustrates: the power of gratitude is real–to change attitudes, lower blood pressure, increase contentment, etc. I’ve kept a daily gratitude journal for four years now, recording just one or two delights each day. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but gives me much joy to review the day and remember the blessings. Even so, I know there are many that slip by me unawares!


    1. Gratitude journal! That’s a great idea, Nancy, and one we should probably all do. I’m glad to hear that it can also lower blood pressure… because lately it’s been one problem after another, bad news on top of bad news. Part of my readings have taken me to Job lately. And Job is good in such times. He kept being grateful and praising God even in the midst of his trials. Mine aren’t nearly as bad as that. So surely I can keep praising him too!!

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  3. The lovely way you have chosen to turn annoyance into gratitude is wonderful. That the Lord would send you a nudge to help you see His glory and grace even in a bothersome bird is His magnificence. Thanks for sharing, my friend.


    1. Thanks Dayle! But as you know, it’s the Lord who helps me do that. I’m afraid my patience is often too sadly lacking. I’m thankful for the Spirit’s gentle nudges that shake me up asking “What are you doing? Wake up!”

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      1. You have to value those holy nudges! They’re sweet without being condemning and remind us that He is always there, present and powerful and so very pleased that we are His!


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