Where I live in Northeast Florida, these guys are quite common; however, I am looking at them differently than ever before. I know that the cormorant is a freshwater foul that dives deep in the water to fish. After he’s been fishing for a while, he stretches out his wings to dry them off in the warm breeze and sunshine. I never really thought about it being a statement that he had successfully accomplished what he needed to do to survive that day. He is saying, “Look at me world! I did it!”
That bird’s instinctual habit is something we humans have evolved beyond (and I’m not an evolutionist). It is a habit that I am now noticing more in others (including cormorants) and myself, much like the colors and shapes from when we first began this Hero’s Journey. And when I stop to think, I improve my posture and feel the power surging in me.
Amy Cuddy, fellow Harvard student, has researched and determined that, “our bodies change our minds; our minds change our behavior; and our behavior changes our outcome.” Therefore, it behooves us to, “do it and do it and do it until [we] realize ‘I’ve got this!’ We’re faking it ’til we BECOME it! Through some tiny tweaks, we can make big changes!
Now, at the end of my day as I stand in my power pose with hands upon my hips reading my “Gal in the Glass” out loud, I think of that cormorant. We both have successfully accomplished what we needed to do to survive this day. And we are proud!