Anna’s Hummingbird, Female, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Grateful for Gifts | Feb. 2017

Pause to Be Grateful.

Anna’s Hummingbird, Female, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post - Grateful for Gifts

Anna’s Hummingbird, Female

I’m grateful for this photo.


Because it was a gift, given to me in return for waiting in the right place at the right time.

Upon realizing this, I decided to make a list of other gifts, such as:

– All the beautiful photos that I’ve taken because they reward my effort.

– All the bad photos that I’ve taken because they helped me learn.

– Sunny days when I can go out to take photos.

– Rainy days when I can stay in to read, write, and think.

– Good news that coincides with my values.

– Bad news that inspires me to work harder.

– Easy paths that allow me to walk comfortably.

– Rocky paths that cause me to pay attention.

Of course, this list could be longer.

Yet, it’s long enough to show that each gift has two sides, one that rewards and one that teaches.

So everything, whether enjoyable or painful, can be a gift – if we choose to make it one.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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Help Birds Tip

Check hummingbird feeders often when it rains.

Rain will dilute the food in a feeder, which results in it being rejected by hummingbirds.

So change the food after a rain. Or hang hummingbird feeders in sheltered areas.

Note: Use a mix of 1 part cane sugar to 4 parts water.

Important: Do not add anything else (such as food dyes, vitamins, perfumes, preservatives, and so on) because these chemicals are bad for the birds.

And do not use brown sugar, honey, or molasses because these are toxic for hummingbirds.

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

You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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  • Thilda Zorn
    Posted at 14:04h, 03 March

    Steve, I am most grateful for the place and the children and their mummies I am able to help in Guatemala – and certainly enjoy!

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 12:56h, 05 March

    God stuff, thanks

  • TERI Rider
    Posted at 21:59h, 05 March

    I love your thought process. All good to reflect upon. So glad we met!

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 07:19h, 11 May

    Such a wonderful philosophy. Thank you.

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