Be a hummingbird!
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Be a hummingbird!

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I adore hummingbirds for their beauty, speed, and the sounds of their wings (or their cute snoring). They zip back and forth doing their hummingbird things, which seem to be tiny things, but are they?

I like to say to everybody, “Be a hummingbird!” I love that phrase, but what does it actually mean to me?

Years ago I became inspired by the work of Wangari Maathai, who was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. I saw this beautiful beautifully animated clip from Dirt! where she tells an inspiring tale of doing the best you can under seemingly interminable odds.

For me, “Be a hummingbird!” means to have a constructive and positive attitude. To focus on what you can do, on difference that you can make for animals, people (yes, that includes you), and the planet. To look for opportunities, solutions, and actions that can be done. To take and do small steps every day – even the same steps, the important part is to keep moving.

Sometimes we think very big, about big topics, and we may see many obstacles, challenges, and focus on aspects we cannot directly solve. But these are often subjects that are too big. Do not get me wrong, we need to find ways to address the big challenges, the systemic changes that are necessary for long-term change.

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This world has a lot of things to be worried or upset about, especially now with COVID-19 affecting so many of us in different ways. And there are many matters which seem completely out of reach or possible, or we think, ‘I cannot possibly do that’, but I am sure if we would talk you would come up with this that you could do.

It is about you and your bubble of influence.
What is it that you can do now that can make a difference for somebody?

  • Is it cooking dinner for a neighbour?
  • Is it building a little platform to help frogs get out of the pool safely?
  • Could it be a regular beach clean-up?
  • Could it be volunteering for the local animal shelter?
  • Is it mowing the lawn, or shovelling snow for someone?
  • Could it be making sure you do some regular exercise and get enough sleep?
  • Is it reading stories to your family?
  • Could it be baking a cake?
  • Could it be having fun with the animals you care for?
  • Is it asking for help and support when you need it?
  • Is it virtually telling a joke, or sending a hug or smile?

As we know, we have to start, we have to take a step, and keep doing small steps every day. You can be a hummingbird every day, and I can’t wait to hear what steps you will take, or are already taking to make a difference in your life, the lives of your loved ones, and the beautifully planet we all share.

Keep humming!

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