Meet Westfalia. Pretty isn’t she! Westfalia lives just a few stories above me on one of the roof ledges of Westpac House. Every so often she shoots past my window in this attitude in a lethal flash…. usually after the pigeons that hang around Central Market. She’ll pick them off on the fly, so you would never know… neither would the pigeon. Her mission in life: to free the City of Adelaide of feral pigeons. She clearly has a somewhat determined streak. At 350km/hr in a dive, Westfalia is the next best thing to a bolt of lightning.

Her mission in life: to free the City of Adelaide of feral pigeons. She clearly has a somewhat determined streak. At 350km/hr in a dive, Westfalia is the next best thing to a bolt of lightning.

I often, then, get to wonder about Westfalia. Yes, she is fast, and oh so magnificent. There is another quality I admire about Westfalia, and it is her resilience. Peregrine Falcons normally make their homes on cliff ledges which offer both safety and height (all the better to see you with!).

On the Adelaide Plains there are no cliffs, and a metropolis is hardly a place you would expect to find an exquisite hunter like a raptor! How is it, then, that Westfalia is living atop of Westpac House? It occurs to me, that she is the perfect example of adaptability and resilience. In psychology, resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity. For all my clients this skill is probably one of the most important things I teach.

As Westfalia flies past my window I am reminded that she has found her ledge in life. It may not be a cliff, but it certainly does the job. All she had to do was to think outside the square a little bit. Westfalia is quite some lady and right below her……. thousands of pigeons! Now that is adaptability.

I count it as privilege to share my working life with her’s

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