The Legend of the Hummingbird

In the past past years, we decided as a family to make simple lifestyle changes to support the environment.

For a long time, we believed that reducing our waste, walking instead of driving when it’s possible, or turning off the water while brushing our teeth, were insignificant and would not contribute much to the fight against global warming and pollution.

Then one of my friends told me this story about the hummingbird:

“One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest. Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran out of the forest. As they came to the edge of a stream, they stopped to watch the fire, feeling very discouraged and powerless. Every one of them thought there was nothing they could do about the fire, except for one little hummingbird. This hummingbird decided it would do something. It swooped into the steam and picked up a few drops of water and went back into the forest to put them on the fire. Then it went back to the stream and did it again…and again and again.

All the other animals watched in disbelief; some even tried to discourage the hummingbird telling him ‘Don’t bother, it is too much, you are too little, it’s only a drop, you can’t put out this fire.’

And as the animals stood around disparaging the little bird’s efforts, the bird notices how hopeless and forlorn they looked. ‘Why are you doing this, little hummingbird?’ asked one of the animals. And the hummingbird, without wasting time or losing a beat, looked back and said ‘I am doing what I can, I am doing my part.’”

Global warming is our fire and we can be the hummingbirds.

Getting new habits and taking simple steps everyday make a difference.

It's all about living intentionally, by taking care of ourselves, of the environment and of others to live our lives to the greatest potential.

What little action are you willing to take?

“This story was first published in Issaquah Highlands’ Connections news, April 2019”

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