Northern Mockingbird, Birds Fluffed up, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

The Bird Who Knew Too Much

The Bird Who Knew Too Much


Northern Mockingbird, in the Bird Who Knew Too Much, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Northern Mockingbird, Who Volunteered to Appear in This Blog


Once upon a time there was a bird who knew too much.

This came about because the bird learned a very special skill.

It learned how to worry.

First, it worried about having enough. As a result, it worked harder than any other bird.

Then it worried that other birds might take the hoard it had hidden. As a result, it resented other birds. Now any tweet or chirp became a threat.

Then it worried that it might not be worrying about worries that needed to be worried about. As a result, it suffered headaches, nightmares, and stress.

All this worrying made the bird miserable.

Finally, desperate, the bird went to the Great Feathered One.

What can I do?” worried the bird.

“Accept uncertainty.”

“But . . . . “

“And focus on certainty.”

“But I’d have nothing to worry about.”

“Exactly.” And the Great Feathered One flew off.

The bird stayed still for a long time, pondering what might be different without worry.

Slowly, the chatter from other birds began to sound like songs. With this, the bird began to feel lighter, as if suddenly free.

It responded with a brief song.

And the songs in the forest became louder, more vibrant, each a celebration of the moment that was.

The bird joined them, singing as never before.

Now the bird realized that the key to being wise was thinking less about what it could not control.

So the bird who knew too much became the bird who knew enough.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: At the time of this writing, the bird who knew too much was unavailable for a photo. So a Northern Mockingbird agreed to have its photo appear in this blog. See it with other birds at: Fluffed Up Birds.


Help Birds Tip

Replace Worry with Action

Why: When we work on solutions, we feel powerful, involved, and connected.

How: Support groups that work to help birds. Do this by joining, volunteering, or subscribing to their publications. Here are five to consider:

American Bird Conservancy (Beautiful magazine and effective conservation programs)

Audubon (Learn about birds through local educational programs held by chapters nationwide)

Cornell Lab of Ornithology  (Find resources about birds)

Hummingbird Society (Enjoy and protect hummingbirds, attend the Hummingbird Festival)

International Crane Foundation ICF (Protect and preserve cranes)

See more at Organizations


Birding Resources

Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation


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2 Comments
  • Debra Atlas
    Posted at 15:00h, 09 June

    Steve:

    Love this story. As a practicing Buddhist this is the core of what life is about – being present. It’s easier to see in Nature but what an important aspect of daily life it is for all of us.

    Thanks for this lovely story.

  • Lin Morel
    Posted at 18:50h, 17 June

    This was precious. I posted it on FB. Worry seems to the flavor of the month.
    Peace and blessings – and gratitude – for a great reminder about what’s important.

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