Category Archives: Metaphor

“Doing The Best We Can”

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The Story of the Hummingbird

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Michael Nicoll Yahgullanaas

One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest – a huge woodlands was suddenly engulfed by a raging wild fire. Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest. As they came to the edge of a stream they stopped to watch the fire and they were feeling very discouraged and powerless. They were all bemoaning the destruction of their homes. Every one of them thought there was nothing they could do about the fire, except for one little hummingbird.

This particular hummingbird decided it would do something. It swooped into the stream and picked up a few drops of water and went into the forest and put them on the fire. Then it went back to the stream and did it again, and it kept going back, again and again and again. All the other animals watched in disbelief; some tried to discourage the hummingbird with comments like, “Don’t bother, it is too much, you are too little, your wings will burn, your beak is too tiny, it’s only a drop, you can’t put out this fire.” And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the bird noticed how hopeless and forlorn they looked. Then one of the animals shouted out and challenged the hummingbird in a mocking voice, “What do you think you are doing?”

And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said, “I am doing what I can.”

I often feel like the tiny hummingbird in this great big world. Only I am more like the animals that stand in at the edge of the stream watching the chaos happening right in front of me. I become so overwhelmed by the size of the problem that all I think about is the problem itself rather then what I can do to put the fire out that the problem created in the first place. We all hear the gentle buzz of the hummingbirds’ wings inside us. It’s that little tiny voice trying to be heard over the roar of the fire. It’s calling us to do something. But how can little-ol-me do anything to change what’s wrong in the world? There’s always something we can do whether we can fly the plane that drops tons of water or fly like the little hummingbird with one drop at a time. We do what we can…simple by using what we’ve been blessed with to make a difference.

“Pearls of Truth”

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“All faiths have pearls of truth.” -*Simran Singh

A pearl is such a solid mass that it takes a diamond cutter to drill a hole through it. Metaphorically speaking drilling into each pearl going deep within to find that connecting link we eventually come out the opposite end with a better understanding of this truth. What lies in the depth of the pearl is the heart and soul of our longing…and every fiber that’s peeled away by our digging revels the same thing…the love of one God. As we string the pearls of faith together we create a beautiful vision of these pearls of faith and the commonality they share.

One last note, don’t forget a discerning spirit is always helpful in guiding your way through the process.

“The Giant Lady and The Baby Spider” -a lesson in all lives matter

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Baby spider stood proudly looking up at the Daddy-long-legs surrounding him and proceeded to tell his story. “There I was,” he said, “exploring the world of the Giants for the first time, walking innocently across the floor when I stepped onto a bright soft surface. I could hear the rumble of the floor getting closer and closer stopping me in my tracks. There she was towering over me as I looked all the way up meeting her eyes.

“ Ohhhhh…the Daddies cried out in surprise as they listened.”

“How could you survive such a confrontation?” one of the Daddies called out.

“Even our most experienced Daddies, could have never survived such a vulnerable situation without the big foot coming down them,” another Daddy chimed in.

“The strangest thing happened as she suddenly started to scream. Her feet jumped up and down so fast I couldn’t tell one from the other. Her hands flew up covering her eyes than everything became quiet as I waited for her next move. Two fingers spread apart and I could see one eye looking down at me.

“Ah ha ha ha ha ha,” the Daddies roared out in laughter.

“I realized in that moment…that she was as scared of me as I was her.”

“What did she do?”

“How did you get away?”

“How did you live to tell us this story?” The Daddies called out.

“She picked the cloth up and hung it on a peg. While I remained hidden in its folds she whispered to me, “this is your lucky day baby spider because I have chosen to respond rather than react,” she said to me.

“What do you suppose she meant by that?” the Daddies talked among themselves.

The wisest of all the Daddies stepped forward standing over the baby spider, and said, “it is anger, fear and misunderstanding that makes us react to unfamiliar things. If the giant lady hadn’t stopped to think about how silly she was acting she would have easily reacted by stomping down on the little guy. But when she took a moment to evaluate the situation it gave her enough pause to respond in a way that was more in line with her own truth.”

“What do you suppose that truth is?” Asked one of the Daddies.

It was the baby spider that answered this time, “I learned a great lesson today. That no matter how big or small you are we all have fears of the unknown, and it’s what we do with our fear that determines the outcome of our action. I believe that the truth in her heart was that even though we are very different in many ways she remembered in that moment that all lives matter.”