Depending on where you look, you can find various definitions of raucous:
- making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise;
- loud and unpleasant to listen to;
- behaving in a very rough and noisy way;
- disagreeably harsh or strident;
- hoarse, screeching, squawky, grating, jarring, brassy;
- boisterous and disorderly.
The Steller’s Jay is a raucous bird. There’s no doubt he fits every definition. But he’s bold and he’s beautiful. I love watching him. He tears in, settles on our deck railing and makes his impatient presence known. Soon he’s squawking, “Get away from my suet!” to any other bird who may be enjoying a quick snack. If he’s ignored, he flies up and flaps in the other bird’s face. He’s quite outrageous. He gets heard. He gets results.
I’m not suggesting his behaviour is something to emulate — after all, nobody wants to be labeled unpleasant or disagreeable — but there may be a lesson to learn from him. If you want something badly enough, you have to make an effort to get it. You have to put your determination into action.
Fellow writers, I think there’s a writing analogy tucked in here, don’t you?
How determined are you to reach your goals? What might you have to do to achieve them?
Therefore, my beloved brothers,
be steadfast, immovable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord
your labor is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
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