01 Nov Manifesto for the Birds | Nov 2016
Manifesto for Birds (and Yourself)
If birds were to call out a manifesto, it might be like this.
I am a bird.
One: I live in balance with all life on Earth.
Two: I care for the environment.
Three: I live in the moment where I am.
Four: I take only enough for what I need.
Five: I learn from Nature.
Six: I persist through wind, cold, and rain.
Seven: I sing with conviction and courage.
Eight: I fly with a purpose.
Nine: I care for my health.
Ten: I do my best to be my best.
About this manifesto
Of course, it’s fiction.
And then it’s not.
You see, there are two ways to obtain a manifesto: 1) By observing behavior, and 2) By writing one.
So everybody has one, even birds.
The above manifesto is then a description of how birds live. Through that, birds sustain the ecosystem they depend upon.
As a human, you have an advantage: You can write a manifesto that describes your choices. And you can include ethical choices related to compassion, kindness, and gratitude.
Then, once you make these fundamental choices, you can focus on their implementation. And that leads to being more deliberate, which results in being more effective.
PS: I just updated this article about Kindness: 27 Ways to Show Kindness
Help Birds Tip
Write Your Manifesto
Why: We need more people who live with a purpose.
How: Write a list of your values. Then write statements that tell how you will apply them.
What: Find an example at: My Mission and Values
Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation