05 Sep Wise Young Bird | Sept 2020
Conversation with a young bird
When I saw this young bird, I wondered about its plans for the future. So I asked:
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“Alive,” the bird answered.
“I’m sure. And what do you want to do?” I asked.
“Be the best House Finch that I can be.”
“And how will you do that?”
“I will care for my feathers, live within enough, and be mindful of the moment that I’m in.”
“Is that all?” I asked.
“Of course I have to find food, water, and shelter. And I have to watch out for hawks.”
“Do hawks scare you?”
“How can that be?”
“Well first, I do everything that I can to avoid them. And then I’m too busy being a bird to be afraid.”
“Tell me more about that.”
“If I let a hawk scare me, then that fear would make me weaker. And so that fear would make it easier for a hawk to catch me.”
“So birds ignore fear?”
“Actually, birds acknowledge fear, take precautions, and then they focus on being alive.”
“That’s impressive. How can a young bird know this?”
“It’s essential for survival. Because if something can scare you, it can control you.“
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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