Lesser Goldfinch, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Power | June 2018

Power and Its Limits

Lesser Goldfinch, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Bird Story About Power

Lesser Goldfinch, Male, Who’s Relatives Were There

Bird Story about Power

Long ago when birds were less civilized, a gang of hawks took over the forest.

First they repealed the laws of Nature.

Then they collected more food than any of them could eat in a million lifetimes.

And they convinced some of the mice to help them by waiting in the open for a free ride.

For a while these hawks were tremendously successful, profiting from the lack of balance and consequences.

Concerned, the eagles went to the hawks to talk about power. And the hawks shouted, “We’re better than any of you. So we can do what we want.”

Then the owls went to talk about logic. And the hawks said, “We don’t believe in owls.”

Next the doves went to talk about peace. And the hawks laughed, “We eat peace for breakfast.”

Now the forest was being destroyed. And everyone felt hopeless.

One day, the smallest birds, led by the finches, went to these hawks.

The hawks flapped and hissed at the thousands of birds that filled the trees.

And the small birds stared back in silence.

The wind became still. The trees held their breath. Even the smallest ants stopped.

For a moment the hawks seemed concerned.

And the small birds stared back in silence.

One of the hawks shifted its weight.

And the small birds stared back in silence: The old ones, the young ones, all of them stared in silence.

Then one of the hawks made a sound, like a sob. And another hawk began to cry.

“We were afraid we wouldn’t have enough,” the hawks explained.

“There is always enough, unless you take too much,” the finches replied.

So the hawks apologized and everyone went to work rebuilding the forest.

Now whenever a feisty young hawk tries to take too much power, the elders remind it about the Great Finch Revolution.

And life goes on as it was meant to be, in perfect balance.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: This is a reminder that you have power, even against overwhelming odds.

You have power in what you choose to do. You have power in what you choose to read. And you have power in what you choose to buy.

Because things change when everyone shows kindness, respects Nature, and demands truth.

Find More at:

Instead of Regulations

Birds Are Business Experts

What If Nature Was a Business

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

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

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

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  • Stacy Russo
    Posted at 16:57h, 11 June

    Such excellent storytelling! I loved it.

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 14:46h, 13 June

    Beautiful story.

  • TahoeLara
    Posted at 14:13h, 14 June

    Thank you for always making me smile, I appreciate you and the lessons you bring from the birds. Thank you!

  • Nancy L Hoffmann
    Posted at 10:10h, 15 June

    I think you were a Native American in your previous life! No, wait: we’re all Americans now, and we have the right to stand up against what is wrong.

    Thanks for reminding us!

    I hope we’re heard in the upcoming elections–and that some day we will have a party that actually represents US!

  • Ada Iris Jaime
    Posted at 11:19h, 20 July

    This is a powerful lesson. I’m inspired that the power of silence is the catalyst is the shift. I think if we come together as a collective and presence ourselves to be catalysts of introspection, the world ‘s living biome will begin to shift. Creating new conversation and opportunity for solidarity with and for all.

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