Birds Can Be Jerks
So, it’s springtime, and if you are like me that has a front porch with some kind of roof above it, you may have birds trying to build nests. Our front porch is a dang mess. There is bits of trash, twigs, mud, poop, grass, roots, and whatever all over the place.
And I know building a nest is hard, especially if you don’t have hands, and thumbs. Just imagine trying to build a nest only using your mouth. It’s a tough task! But not only does not having thumbs make it hard to build a nest, what about other birds taking apart your nest to build their own! I now have witnessed some birds taking apart each other’s nest to either build their own or noticed that they just straight up wreck the whole nest… they don’t even take any material from it!
Man… what a bunch of jerks!
But I guess that’s life and struggle for the birds, right? And maybe it’s not so different about how humans can interact with each other. It’s sadly not uncommon to witness someone who is trying to build something positive to be ripped apart or torn by another person, due to jealousy or competition. I am also assuming most of you reading this have witnessed this in your personal life.
I’d say that everyone has experienced what it feels like to try to build something, whether it is a life goal, physical stuff, or future, only to get it destroyed by other people or life circumstances. That feeling stinks! It feels awful to feel that all that had work you were doing has now vanished and it’s hard to start over again.
And unfortunately like the birds on the front porch, it isn’t just one bird that is destroying the attempted nest building, but multiple birds. We will also run into multiple people who will destroy what we try to create. I guess this is just part of nature.
So, what can we do? Well, just like the little bird trying to build the nest, that is what we do. Just like the little bird, it continues to rebuild and rebuild and rebuild. We persevere and stay relentless when anyone tries to destroy what we try to build.
What I noticed is that finally that little bird was able to make more progress as her fellow destroyers started to give up. This bird kept at it and I know soon the nest will be finished.
So, I encourage everyone to be resilient and preserve through all circumstances that can shake our confidence and in every situation that destroys what you try to build. Just remember, you have the power to outlast all negativity and all destructiveness that will happen in your path.
Just remember, just like birds, people can be real jerks and tear down your positivity or success. But do not let that affect you in any way. If you believe what you are doing with conviction, keep going. Some people are just hellbent on destruction, but you do not have to let that ruin your dreams, plans, or day. Be relentless in the face of destruction.
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