Inspiration comes in many forms…

Read an inspirational article on the web today.  It was called ’15 Powerful Things Happy People Do Differently’.  Now normally, I take articles like this at face value as they often make a few compelling points and sort of peter out as they reach the number in the title.  Overall, this one was good though.  There were several good things about the article:

  • It interested me to see how many of these ‘magic’ things I could honestly say ‘Check!’ to…
  • It made me recognize things I do sometimes but wish that I did more…
  • It gave me additional things to ponder doing…
  • It made me think about who I have encountered in my life that has such qualities, bringing back some good memories…
  • It contained a bunch of cool and inspirational quotes…like this one…  ”Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy; while giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful; and having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.”  Buddha
  • It inspired another blog entry because I could tie it to something that happened to me yesterday :)…

So here is the story… My daughter and I were headed to the gym after a Starbucks run.  The street that our gym is on has very high curbs made out of individual stone blocks instead of the poured cement variety.  A pair of Whistling Ducks was waddling down the street with about 12 newly hatched ducklings trailing obediently in a yellow and black, fuzzy clump behind them.  I slowed down to observe and to protect them from traffic on that side of the road.  The parents hopped up onto the high curb to proceed into the woods but the babies (except for a few overachievers) were unable to hop high enough to get up on the curb and follow them.  I put on the hazards and with the help of a guy who had stopped on the other side of the road, we managed to corral the ducklings (no easy task as they are very fast) into a writhing bunch so that we could lift them up onto the curb where they scooted off to join the others.  The parents were not as distressed by this as I thought they would be, but instead took it in stride and carried on with whatever duck business they had planned.

Now the only reason I feel that this is worth mentioning is that it struck me as a real world example of the above quote.  Aside from (obviously) knowing where the good places are to eat, Buddha seemed to have a lot of those pearls of wisdom.  It struck me as one of those opportunities in life that we are presented with where we glimpse an opportunity make a difference.  The reason this was important was not only that the ducklings were spared…it was really more about sharing this experience with my daughter and also adding a pretty cool deposit to my bank of life experience.  I was smiling the rest of the day about that, feeling like in some small way we had not only made a difference in the lives of those ducks and arguably their ancestors but also in our own lives because we PARTICIPATED….We didn’t just watch it as it went by.

Being a spectator can be habit forming but luckily…so can participation, if you let it…

Anyway, we carried on to the gym and my daughter proudly told all of her little friends about our exploits.  I smiled at this, knowing that as a parent, my actions sometimes speak in a booming voice whereas my words (especially as she approaches her pre-teen and teenage years) don’t always register.   I also smiled at the thought that I was glad that the ducklings didn’t imprint onto me… I would have a hard time explaining this to my daughter’s turtles 😉  Plus, picturing myself walking down the street with a fuzzy yellow and black, waddling entourage was a bit much even for me…

So after all this, the one thought I can offer is…do something to make someone’s day… You will both be better for it.

 

 

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One Response to Inspiration comes in many forms…

  1. Wendy says:

    Personally, I like the visual of you walking down the street with a bunch of fuzzy ducklings waddling along behind you. You deserve an entourage. 🙂

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