It was a bird’s eye. Yes, a bird’s eye that opened my mind. No, it was not a bird’s eye view, but the viewing of an actual bird’s eye.
The other day I took a break to go and do a little bird watching at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in the beautiful state of Utah. It was a cool, semi-cloudy, breezy day. As I slowly traveled down the bumpy road I constantly peaked out the windows of my aging car admiring the beautiful scenery. I saw gorgeous landscapes and many species of birds; birds of all shapes and sizes. Like I always do on my outdoor adventures, I stopped to take pictures of the awesomeness that surrounded me.
As I continued my journey, I suddenly saw a bird laying in the middle of the road. I immediately hit the brakes. The bird did not move. Based on how it was sitting, it didn’t appear to be dead, but I wasn’t sure. I crept a little closer. Still no movement. I stopped the car; luckily with no one else behind me. I grabbed my camera and took a picture. I slowly walked a little closer to this beautiful little creature. It continued not to move. Eventually, I got within a foot or two of it. It remained in the same position, but I could tell that it was still alive. I immediately noticed it was injured. Its right eye appeared to be damaged. In a calm and kind tone, I talked to it while I snapped a few pictures.
After a few minutes, I felt I needed to help this poor suffering little creature. I decided to pick it up and carry it to a safer area away from the road. As I reached to pick it up, it slowly rose to its feet, but didn’t move. Instead of picking it up, I decided to nudge it along, the whole time continuing to say kind words in a calm and gentle tone. Eventually, it was in a safer area and I continued my journey.
Throughout the rest of the day I could not stop thinking about this little bird. Many thoughts came to mind; the most often being the popular idiom “Birds of a Feather Flock Together.” The general meaning of this phrase is people who have similar characteristics are more likely to be friends, to spend time together. As it relates to actual bird species, it means birds that tend to hang with other birds of their species who have the same feathers.
When it comes to us, as human beings, we may not all have the same characteristics. We may not all be of the same race, religion, or national origin, or have the same skills, abilities, thoughts and feelings, but there is one thing we do all share and that is a heart. As Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
I can explore and take pictures of the beautiful world around me every day, but it is moments like coming across a poor suffering little bird and doing what I can to help that bird that touch my heart. It is moments like these that create feelings of joy, happiness, peace, and purpose within me.
This same principle applies to the people around us. When we are faced with and actively embrace the opportunities we are given to love, serve, and help others, then we can come to together. As human beings, we can then impart the love within our heart.