A long time ago a real estate developer decided to set fire to an old growth forest. By clearing the forest, he could then develop it and he and his friends could make more money than they ever dreamed of. We will master the forest forever.
Eventually, he started this inferno, he did not consider all the animals that made their home there.
As the fire spread the animals were trying to come up with ways to contain and stop the fire. While this intense conversation was going on amongst the animals, a tiny Hummingbird was flying furiously back and forth to the river carrying droplets of water in her beak. After a while they noticed the strange behavior.
"Hummingbird what in the world are you doing?" they asked. "Oh, I am carrying water from the river to put out the fire." The whole animal colony burst into laughter. "Hummingbird, do you know how foolish you look?"
"You may think I am foolish, but I am doing all that I can do."
"Why are you wasting your time?"
"I am doing all that I can do, instead of standing around and talking about what we should, could or needs to be done, then perhaps we could put out the forest fire!"
This lesson is taken from Ven. Wonji's book "It's All Good."
Let us start in 2022 doing all that we can do no matter how little it seems to us.
Do your little bits of good
Where you are
It's those little bits
of good put together
that overwhelms the world.
-- Desmond Tutu
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