Lincoln's Sparrow, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Freedom for a Bird

What Does Freedom Mean to a Bird


Freedom: Lincoln's Sparrow, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post about freedom for a bird

Lincoln’s Sparrow Perched on a Corn Lilly Leaf


Once I asked a bird about freedom. “What makes you free?”

“I live in the moment that is.”

“So how does that make you free?”

“I have no past. And I have no future. So I focus on being the best I can be right now.”

“Then you must be free from worry and fear.”

“Yes, I am. You see, as a bird there is only one option: Success.

And so I must work hard every day. Then at the end of each day, I can sleep well knowing that I did my best to be a good bird.”

“So you do this for yourself?”

“Actually, I do this for Nature. My purpose as a bird is to serve Nature.

“Why is that?”

“Because Nature operates as a cooperative partnership between all that is alive.

And so when I serve Nature, I contribute to its continuation as well as to my own.

That matters because Nature is as much a part of me as I am a part of Nature. Thus, our future is entwined: Neither can survive without the other.

“Then freedom has a responsibility.”

“Of course. Every gift has a price. And in this case, that price is the responsibility to use the gift wisely.”

“How did birds ever figure this out?”

“Quite simply, it’s what you would do if you wanted to live for tens of millions of years.”


Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find More at:

What If Nature Was a Business – Suppose you were appointed CEO of Nature. What would you do?

Earth Day by the Birds – How Birds Celebrate Earth Day

Conversation with a Song Sparrow – Special Wisdom from a Bird


Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are two organizations that excel at doing this.

Please visit their web sites to learn about how they are making a difference.

✅ The Trust for Public Land

✅ American Bird Conservancy

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


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2 Comments
  • Susan
    Posted at 07:22h, 30 June

    Awesome post! Your messages always brightens my day! Thank you, Steve!

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 10:24h, 01 July

    What a very wise bird.

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