The Lyrebird

Australia is home to a fascinating creature the “Lyrebird”. This ground-dwelling animal is beautiful and flighty. The most notable attribute, however, is its uncanny capacity to mimic natural and artificial sounds. 
It teases anyone who enters their environment by audibly confusing the intruder with sounds that are not theirs to make. 
It reminds me of social media. I think our contemporary culture is creating a generation of “Lyrebirds”. Social Media draws us into the jungle of sounds and creativity, creating an environment where it is so easy to mimic the sound of another. Teasing each other with a mating call and voice that we have picked up from somewhere else. 
I believe you have a sound and a voice that is unique to you and your story. There are lessons to be found in the depth of your environment. 
Rather than scavenging off the inspiration found in the feeds of others what if you came to the source of inspiration?
 A question for you;
Are you mimicking someone else’s sound?
Or are you reflecting the sound of the one who created you?
This is an excerpt out of Amanda’s book Pause: designed to help you take a personal retreat day. 

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers has published ten books and is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia. She is also the co-founder of Kinwomen; a network created to inspire women to start conversations that matter. Head of Narrative for Compassion Australia, she is driven by a passion for social justice, she loves supporting projects for women in developing countries. Teaching women to live creative lives, beyond the circumstances, is something she pursues daily. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty, she lives a creative life, longing to see people live inspired. Pinterest/ Twitter/ @Mandaviviers Instagram: @amandaviviers Facebook: @amandaviviersperth