Black-capped Chickadee, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Stopping to Be Happy | Oct 2017

Stopping to Be Happy

Black-capped Chickadee, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Stopping to Be Happy

Black-capped Chickadee

Birds are experts at stopping.

Even the most active birds, such as this Black-capped Chickadee, will stop.

So what do birds do when they stop?

They rest.

They observe.

And they do nothing, which for a bird is really nothing.

There’s a message here for us: We need to practice stopping.


Because life is not a hamster-wheel contest that you win by running faster.

Instead, life is an experience. More so, it’s an experience that reflects your choices.

So true success comes from making good choices every day.

By the way, humans are designed to make good choices based on compassion for all. That’s because good choices are essential for survival: Happy people perform better, live longer, and contribute more to the future of humanity.

The point is: You will make better choices when you: a) Rest, b) Consider consequences, and c) Act for the greatest good.

In contrast, you will make terrible choices when you rush, act frightened, or feel desperate.

And that is why this matters.

When you stop, you can reflect. Then you can review and prioritize your options.

So try stopping.

For example, you might take a second to focus. Or stop for a minute to rest. Or stop for an hour to read.

You’ll find that this helps you feel better about your day.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find More at:

Connection With Life

What Is Enough?

Vacation for the Birds

Did You Know?

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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  • Merrill Kempfert
    Posted at 19:56h, 06 October

    Very thoughtful! Thanks Merrill (Madera Canyon)

  • Teri Rider
    Posted at 20:03h, 06 October

    So true! And with that, I will now take a break and read for an hour!
    Thank you!

  • veronica reist
    Posted at 17:23h, 09 October

    Thanks for sharing. I take time for myself every day to sit still and reflect

  • lin
    Posted at 10:48h, 10 October

    Your posts always come at the perfect time. Taking a stop break now, even if for a few minutes.

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