Lessons From The Hummingbird

This week I’ve been in New Mexico up in the mountains where the air is cool and nature sings to you. I put a hummingbird feeder out a couple of days ago and have spent a lot of time watching the hummingbirds come up to feed from it. They really are fascinating little birds. I’ve learned a little about them thanks to Google. They are the only birds that can literally fly in any direction. They fly 25-30 miles per hour and can dive 50 miles per hour (that explains their constant return to the sugar water filled feeder). They have an impeccable memory and can remember every flower they visit and how long it takes it to refill. They are unlike any other bird which is what gives them that fascinating edge. But they do have their limitations. Did you know they have no sense of smell? Or that they have very weak feet? They really only use them for perching. They can’t walk or hop on them.

As I’ve tried to draw some kind of mind blowing conclusion from the hummingbird, I’m reminded of recent conversations centered around doing what you’re good at it. So here it is. The mind blowing conclusion derived from watching the hummingbird… Spend your energy doing what you do well. After all, you can’t be good at everything.

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