Killdeer, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Embrace Hardship | March 2019


Hardship Wisdom from a Bird

Killdeer, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Embrace Hardship

Killdeer, at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, on a cold morning in late November


It was a cold, windy morning in late November.

“Hello, good bird. You must have had a hard night.”

“As you can see, I’m standing on ice. And frost formed on my back.”

“How did you survive?”

“First, I know that I am more than a cold night.”

“What are you?”

“I am life.”

“So?”

“So I focus on being alive. You see, an instinctive focus on life is essential for survival.

This matters because you give power to the thoughts that you allow in your mind. If they stay long enough, they become your reality.”


Killdeer, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Embrace Hardship

Killdeer, Calling, at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, on a cold morning in late November


“And what else?”

“Second, I know that the sun will rise. So a cold night becomes a temporary hardship.

And you know that every hardship is a test of your character.

If you go into the hardship, you can survive.”

“How do you go into a hardship?”

“You accept it. Then you find realistic solutions that use your skills. And finally, you take action.

If, however, you do nothing or (worse) if you try to run away, the hardship will chase you until it owns you. Then you become the hardship, defending it with excuses and fantasies.”

“So survival requires courage.”

“Yes it does. Because in Nature, there is no alternative.”


Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS – The Story Behind the Photo

I went to the refuge before sunrise on a cold morning to take photos of Sandhill Cranes. After about an hour, I heard a Killdeer call. So I found it and took these photos during the few seconds before it flew away.

If I had focused on the hardships of cold, discomfort, or inconvenience, I would have stayed in bed.

Instead, I focused on the joy of being in Nature.

And that’s why I have this photo.


Find More at:

First Choice

Choosing Success

Ordinary Courage

Simple Answers


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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4 Comments
  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 11:37h, 29 March

    Beautiful photos, and I love the philosophy.

  • Susan Gardner
    Posted at 19:42h, 29 March

    I love your photos and your tales of wisdom. Thank you for sharing

  • Rev. Eileen O. Brownell
    Posted at 08:08h, 30 March

    Steve…

    Great photo and as always great story. You’re the best!

    Blessings and joy…Eileen

  • Lin Morel
    Posted at 16:23h, 16 April

    Great blog post and reminder for us to know that the sun rises after the darkest night.

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