Birds of a Feather

birds of a feather flock together

Watching these cute little birdies for the sum total of 3 minutes while waiting at a drive-through brought a few things to mind:

  • when the weather sucks our feathered friends stick together
  • flocking together creates a wee bit more warmth than going it alone
  • when one finds food they all find food (and it’s more likely to find said food when they can spread out over a larger land mass)
  • they aren’t about to abandon each other even though they might want to run for cover
  • gorging and not sharing their finds will only weigh them down and create a disability for themselves – not being able to fly to warmer digs

I heard a proverb that goes something like this: “Isolation rages against all wisdom.” I think these creatures get it.

When we’re isolated, we can’t draw from the smarts of those around us. When there is a refusal to participate in ‘group’ at any level and we act as a maverick extraordinaire in our own minds, we miss out on the brilliance of those who want to and have the ability to contribute to our success. When alone, we have no one to share our excitement with. It’s lonely. We just stay cold.

Wanting to go it alone reminds me of children learning their independence. “Me do it!” It’s appropriate as a child to behave that way while they learn various tasks, but as adults we grow and learn to recognize that the ‘me do it’ attitude creates a lonely and unlikable existence. We were not created to lead solitary lives.

We accomplish so much more when we work together, stick together and have each other’s backs. Even bird brains understand that.

No one of us has it all together, but all of us together have it all. ~ Unknown


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  1. #1 by Jenn on November 12, 2012 - 8:16 am

    Sometimes you can be isolated even in a group so it’s less painful to be isolated alone than in a group feeling hurt by the isolation. I understand what you’re saying though and wish I had some similar birds of a feather here

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