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“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.

“Feeling Blue”

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It is true that sometimes you just don’t have the strength to pick yourself up no matter how good of an attitude you have. As I thought about what I would write today I felt like I have nothing to give. What I need is some of my own medicine fed back to me, and right when I needed to hear it there it was in a thank you card I got in the mail today.

“There is no time for worry, or fear, or anger, or any negativity!”

“What does that mean?” I hear my inner spirit ask me.

And I remember it’s because there is always a degree of beauty, to be seen between the slivers of the moment that present themselves to us. I may not see the big picture as strongly as I’d like right now, but the glimpse give me the hope I need to keep going until I get to the other side of what I’m going through.

“Baby Boomers & Technology”

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Dinner with my senior friends is always a wonderful and interesting evening. We are living in a time of advanced technology, beyond anything we could have imagined in our youth. The technology we use today are the kind science fiction movies were made of in our days. We’ve had to learn how to change our thinking in order to understand how to use our computers, iPhones, iPads and ebooks. It boggles our mind how they can possible work. Where does google get its information when we ask it a question? Is there an invisible mind lurking out in space? We know where it comes from, but that’s the way it seemed to us in the beginning.

Our children grew up learning enough to make it second nature to them, but it’s our grandchildren who come to save the day when we get stuck. But, our generation has had to change everything we ever thought about it, if we want to be in the loop of technical knowledge. Now when I sit around the table with my friends instead of pulling out our brag albums full of pictures, we bring our pictures up on our iPhones and pass them around. Being together also gives us the opportunity to learn from each other as we laugh about what we thought we knew and rediscover new and better ways to use them.

I think we deserve a lot of credit for our enthusiastic willingness to change with the times in spite of how confusing it can be for us, but what more could you expect from the baby boomer generation. All we have to say is, “bring it on!”.