One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest. The huge woodlands were 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.”
Can anyone doubt that freedom, liberty, and yes, even America and its constitution is on fire?
Like the hummingbird, we each must do what we can.
Here is a link to a struggle in Ethiopia.
I believe there are many similarities to us here in America. Especially, the response by the animals and their reflections/actions and inaction. The biggest difference I see is the forest fire here is not the raging conflagration presented in this story. But isn’t it possible that we will be in the same condition in the near future, if we fail to unite and act?
I say again, “Like the hummingbird, we each must do what we can.”