The Buzzard, The Bat, and The Bumblebee

November 20, 2008

This was from an email that was forwarded to me.  I don’t know if it is true, however, it does make you think… 


If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely

open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an

absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight

from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as

is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a

prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.


The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble

creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is

placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about

helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight

elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once,

it takes off like a flash.


A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it

dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the

top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides

near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it

completely destroys itself.


In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We

struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing

that all we have to do is look up!

     – Original Source Unknown

What can you learn from this?


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