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Our little Eden, complete with the occasional snake, is USDA Zone 9B. Nested high in a chaparral filled valley, ground level is 957’ above sea level. The view is incredible. The specific climate is mostly Sunset Zone 20. I don’t want stalkers, so we’ll skip the GPS info. It is pretty glorious to live here in the land of 2 seasons: Fire and mudslide.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Consider the Hummingbird
“Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity.”
The average hummingbird lives only 5 years- if he is one of less than half that make it through the first year.
Some of the world's smallest birds will fly non-stop 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico for 20 hours during migration. Hummingbirds have no sense of smell- but still need to find 1,000 flowers for nectar and numerous bugs (for protein) to feed on- needing to consume up to 8 times its weight every day in order to power its hover 'round.
Whatever your problems are; compared with what a hummingbird has to do to just to stay aloft, aren't they really concerns awaiting a plan needing follow through?
When I was young, I was very restless. I panicked too easily at the thought of being left behind. It was easier to be afraid than patient.
Fortunately God sent his lesson to me on the wings of what Spanish discovered in the summer gardens of America -Joyas voladoras - flying jewels- hummingbirds. Just because the journey to a flower isn't straight on, that doesn't deter their arriving at their goal. They may wait in the limbs of the lemon tree for a clear opportunity. They may fly in with the skill of the Navy Blue Angels; turning and rolling over midway before breaking the formation apart and zooming off..
What hummingbirds teach is to spend some time outside. Act boldy and with purpose.Skill is more important than size. When at first you don't succeed- try a different approach. Do your job with joy. It will multiply with everyone who watches.
Now, go plant a flower. Give a hummingbird an opportunity.
Image by Gene Sasse. This week's edition of his newsletter is a seamless example of going with the flow. This week his writer (me) was unavailable. He went ahead with a collection of Garden Quotes with Images. PERFECT for summer. Open the link and believe.