Dawn Chorus

In the inky-colored darkness before dawn, the birds start their chorus. The silence and stillness of the night are broken with their tapestry of song.

Researchers think the reason birds sing each morning is to let other birds know they have made it to another day. It’s a message of gratitude and joy and celebration. “Hooray – isn’t this phenomenal? I made it through the night! Anyone else?”

Other birds join the chorus and echo the message that they, too, are alive and well. No matter what happened in the chaos of the day before, or through the darkest and scariest parts of the night, they survived.

So far, like the birds, each of us has survived every single hard thing that’s come our way. We rise again, even if yesterday was unusually hard, the news seemed worse than usual or our night was filled with tossing and turning. The morning brings new strength.

“I’m still here, too,” we can reply as we greet the day. 

Author: Alyssa Forcehimes, PhD

An expert in behavior change, substance use disorders and empathic communication, Dr. Alyssa Forcehimes serves as President of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® She lives in Arizona with her husband and two daughters.