Bird Tries Again And Again

Bird Tries Again And Again

My daughter, Rebecca and I watched an amazing sight yesterday.

We sat on the beach before sunset to enjoy the ocean and sand without the crowds.

It wasn’t cold, but the wind was blowing somewhat strong toward the south.

There were four kite surfers enjoying the gusts and gliding over the water at enormous speeds, and curving this way and that.

But this isn’t what really got our attention.

Instead, it was this one little white bird…I don’t know specifically the type, but if I had to guess I’d say it was a dove.

The dove was flying not with the wind southernly, but against it to the north.

In the heavy wind, it would sort of hold it’s position for a little, and then try with all it’s might to fly north.

But the wind was too strong, and it kept tiring and then literally nosediving–head first, straight down like off a cliff–into the water, bam!

We watched this and thought at first what is with this crazy bird–and laughed.

But over and over again this played out–I think we watched this for nearly an hour!

After each attempt, the bird would pick itself out of the ocean water again, fly back south a little seemingly to get some momentum–only to try again and end up on it’s face in the water.

Reflecting on this, the bird tried again and again to make headway, no matter how many times it fell flat on it’s face.

I thought this is a good lesson in life–not to give up even when things seems difficult.

If this little bird could do it–so could we–and eventually succeed at whatever we set our minds to.

If the white little bird really was a dove–the symbol for peace–then what better story to keep trying until you succeed and make flight even against the strong wind. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

War —> Peace

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I like this clever poster from the United Nations, published in March 2009 by their Department of Public Information, on “Translating War to Peace” with a dove carrying the letter “A” from the word war to the word peace.

If only peace was as simple as moving around a single letter.

Usually, it not the single letter that is painful, but when it becomes many letters and these letters form words of hate, bigotry, intolerance, and injustice that is indeed painful and where war does not translate to peace, but where war become unfortunately inevitable.

As individuals and a nation, I believe peace is what we all hope and pray for and that this comes from a spirit of brotherhood and unity around the world.

Although there are many prayers for peace, I am reminded of one specific beautiful prayer In Judaism, that we sing called “Oseh Shalem”

“May he who makes peace in high places, make peace for all of us and all Israel, and let us say Amen.”

I love singing this and humming the tune for this prayer–it is like a deep calling that resonates.

I noticed online that the United Nations “cancelled as a sales item” this poster for peace (and it’s also gone from Amazon), and it should make us all wonder where did that peace go and when will it return?

A genuine peace–more than a single letter and a secure and lasting peace of many letters.

(All Opinions my own)