I was amazed by something I saw while feeding the birds with my son this warm summer morning. I started by breaking some hot dog buns in small pieces and scattering them among the sparrows. Frenzy ensued as they hungrily chirped and pecked at the dough that had fallen from “above”. Then I wondered something. What if I threw a half a bun down without breaking it? Surely this would provide a distraction, for some winged creature, from the crazy competition over the crumbs on the concrete. Shockingly the birds moved around the big chunk and kept contending over the small bits of bread. I stood for several minutes, waiting for some brave bird to take the “prize”. After what seemed like an eternity, one bird hopped over and began to peck at the larger piece. Of course the rest of the flock followed, and within seconds the hot dog bun was consumed.
As we returned to the coolness of our home, I wondered to what extent we behave like those birds at times. Do we become so focused on the small things in life, that big opportunities elude us? Are we so caught up in the mainstream obsession with minor details, that we don’t individually pursue major developments in life? Do we stay and move within the context of what we know, even if what we know is miniscule? And finally: Who among us is brave enough to step away from the crowd in a bold new direction, breaking barriers to entry for the many others in our families and communities?
I started out to feed the birds and ended up with some great food for thought. This experience reminded me of the importance of thinking big on a daily basis. In so doing, we are more likely to recognize major opportunities when they present themselves. In addition, we will be more apt to take advantage of them quickly. For more inspiration, please download the Inspired Life Pledge, a free motivational audio track I created at www.stanleyporter.net/pledge.
This blog was written by Stanley Porter, award nominated author, songwriter and producer.