“You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Enjoy today’s post from my wife, Michelle!
My friend Vanessa sent me this video that I fell in love with immediately. It is such a simple message retold in the style of African storytelling. Yet, it reminded me of truths that I am learning along my leadership journey with LIFE. I hope that you are challenged by its profound simplicity!
My Lessons from the Hummingbird
1) Where is my focus?: As I am bombarded by the problems and circumstances of life, I am reminded that my attitudes, thoughts and actions stem from what I am focusing on. Am I transfixed on a problem – a huge crisis or “fire” in my life – or a solution? Often I find myself feeling overwhelmed and powerless until I ask myself, “What is within my power to control?” There is a peace that I find in the solution-finding mode even before the solution becomes reality.
2) Am I walking the walk?: I know that, like the hummingbird, I am able to inspire and motivate others when I lead by example. Whether it’s the tone of voice I use with my kids, or how I uplift my husband when I talk about him to my friends, my example can influence others.
3) Who am I listening to?: When critics attempt to discourage me (telling me that “Your wings are too little, your beak is too small!”), I need to stay focused on my purpose and goals. Pearl Mesta said, “Those that matter don’t mind and those that mind don’t matter.”
4) Am I living up to my potential?: Thankfully, God didn’t make everyone with the same talents, gifts or passions. But, we are all similar in having the opportunity to make the most of what we have.
Coach Wooden says that we can all contribute and we can all strive to reach our personal best. When I do my best, that is success. Each of us has a part to play, each of us is important and, by each of us striving for our fullest, God-given potential, we can inspire each other to do the same. And just like the hummingbird with her seemingly insignificant effort, when we combine our potential best, we can create a solution to a problem, a movement, a team unified for a common goal.
I love the lyrics in Nichole Nordeman’s song that say, “I’ve never known a fire that didn’t begin with a flame, every storm will start with just a drop of rain.” So, when self-doubt creeps in to try to persuade me to think that my effort won’t matter (and I’m sure the hummingbird doubted herself too when she looked at the elephant with his big trunk thinking, “I’m sure he can do a better job carrying water to the fire than I can!), I can remind myself that my effort does matter.
Like the hummingbird, I will do the best I can.