The story of the hummingbird

Emmily
Posted January 5, 2020 from Kenya

We are constantly being bombarded by problems that we face and sometimes we can get completely overwhelmed.

A story is told by one celebrated Kenyan environmental activist, women's right advocate, and 2004 Nobel Peace prize Laureat late Professor Wangari Maathai

The story of the hummingbird is about this huge forest being consumed by a fire. All the animals in the forest come out and they are transfixed aa they watch the forest burning and they feel overwhelmed, very powerless, except this little hummingbird. It says "lam going to do something about the fire" So it flies to the nearest stream and takes a drop of water, puts it on the fire, and goes up and down, up and down as fast as it can.

In the meantime all the other animals, much bigger animals like the elephant with  bigger trunk that could bring much more water, they are standing there helpless. And they are saying to the hummingbird "what do you think you're doing? You are too little, this fire is too big, your wings are too little and your beak is so small that you can only bring a small drop of water at a time.

But as they continue to discourage it, it turns to them and without wasting time tells them "lam doing the best l can"

And to me this is what l wish all of us could do. We should be like a hummingbird. It may be insignificant, but certainly l don't want to be like other animals watching the planet go down the drain. I will be the hummingbird. I will do the best l can.

Healing is not just "a good vibe only", chant, it is a social justice issue. Healing goes beyond the inner work we do for ourselves, it extends to our communities. When we thrive,our communities thrive, and when our communities thrive, we thrive. The thing is none of us are created equally, so we have to acknowledge that what it means to "do the work" won't look the same for all of us. Healing is not only about feeling good, its also about feeling safe, and some of us have to fight to fully heal from oppressive systems that perpetuate the symptoms of trauma in the first place.

My hope for 2020 is to connect with people all over the world to fight for common goal - collaboration, human connection and building each other. I envision a future where there is room in the discussion about global poverty for grassroots voices to be heard alongside the voices of the rich and influential people. As a team we can achieve much.

This story was submitted in response to Moments of Hope.

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Anita Shrestha
Jan 05
Jan 05

Thank you for sharing

Jill Langhus
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hello Emmily,

How are you doing? What a lovely, metaphorical story and wise words to live by. I totally agree with you and appreciate your goal and mission. What is the name of your organization and do you have a website and/or social media page(s) to like/follow? You may want to do a general search on World Pulse to see who you can connect with that has similar ideas/goals/mission to you, if you haven't already, and/or do a search on the "community" page to look for members with similar interests, too: https://www.worldpulse.com/my-pulse/community

Hope you have a great day and week!

Emmily
Jan 06
Jan 06

Hello Jill
Thank so much for your kind words got into world pulse a few weeks ago and hoping to connect with people/ groups with similar Interest as our organization.
Our organization is called universall Light House. We are working on our web page as we are still a young organization, this is our second year in this project. Am grateful for sharing the link, looking forward to link with groups which will help us give hope, light to the less fortunate in our community.
Have a great week too, l hope to hear from you more.
Kind regards.

Jill Langhus
Jan 08
Jan 08

Hello there:-)

You're very welcome:-)

Very nice. Looking forward to hearing more about it. Are you looking only in Kenya, and if so, what region?

Thank you!

XX

Emmily
Jan 09
Jan 09

Thank you Jill, m not only looking in Kenya but we welcome people or groups in any part of the world who are willing support our work in order to realize our objectives. Thank you
xx

Jill Langhus
Jan 10
Jan 10

You're welcome, dear.

Okay. So, are you looking for collaborators, investors, or both?
You could message Liz to see if she would be interested in collaborating:
https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/lizaziro
Eunice may also be able to help: https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/ayunnie
Or Sabdio: https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/sabdio-roba
Or Leonida: https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/leonida
Or Wanjala: https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/coexistkenya

Let me know if any of these trailblazers resonate for you?!

Good luck!

Hello, Emmily,

This is such a beautiful perspective on a hummingbird. We can make a difference even how small others think we are. I like to see myself as a firefly, it shines brightest during the night, and it does not fly alone.

Thank you for sharing this with us. I hope you connect with our sisters here. Please continue writing!

Wusufor
Jan 14
Jan 14

Hi Emily,
What a nice story of ENCOURAGEMENT. It's not about sized but about out the brain accompany with loved. Splendid. Thanks very much for sharing.
Regards