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Some things don't need fixing

Posted on: September 8, 2011
Tags: Insights

Recently I was watching some birds out at the bird feeder when I noticed one of the birds acting oddly. I went outside to check it out and the bird didn't fly away. I got about 2 inches away from it and it still didn't fly away. I thought maybe it was suffering from the heat so I went inside, got a small dish with some water in it and took it out to the bird. I slid the tray right under the bird's beak. It started to move away from me sideways but still didn't fly away. That's when I finally got it. The bird was blind! As I moved the water a bit closer, the bird finally got freaked out enough from the sounds I was making to fly away into some near by bushes. I felt terrible. This amazing bird had found its way to the mother load of birdseed and here I came and scarred it away. I was trying to "fix" the situation as I perceived it. Why did I even think that it needed fixing? Obviously the bird is smart enough to have survived this long. I'm sure it can figure out how and where to get water when it's thirsty. Argh!

I went outside about 10 minutes later and found the bird in the same bushes it had landed in. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I got it to land on my finger so that I could take it back to the feeding ground that I had scared it away from. (Now I know some of you are saying that was more fixing but I was just trying to put the situation back to where it was before I got involved).

The bird happily ate for a while and then left. I will never forget the lesson that little bird taught me. I don't have to fix everything. Heck, I don't have to fix anything. And that just because a situation may look challenging doesn't mean that it needs to be anything other than what it is.

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