Five Birds and Good Intentions 724.2

Five birds are sitting on a telephone wire. Two decide to fly south. How many are left? Most people would say three. Actually, all five are left. You see, deciding to fly isn’t the same as doing it.

If a bird really wants to go somewhere, it’s got to point itself in the right direction, jump off the wire, flap its wings, and keep flapping until it gets there.

So it is with most things. Good intentions aren’t enough. It’s not what we want, say, or think that makes things happen; it’s what we do.

I frequently think of writing thank-you, birthday, and congratulatory notes. Unfortunately, only a sad few of these good sentiments ever make it to paper. Still, if I don’t look too closely, I can delude myself into thinking that based on my good thoughts I’m a gracious and grateful person. A truer and less admirable picture of my character is drawn by my actions.

In the end, we either do or don’t do. We either make the time to do the things we want to and should do or we make excuses. As Alfred Adler said, “Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.”

What do you want to do? Do you want to take a course, change your job, lose weight, make new friends, or spend more time with and appreciate more the ones you have?

What’s stopping you from jumping off the wire and flapping your wings?

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

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Comments 2

  1. Thank you for keeping me moving forward. I am losing my job as a PE teacher after 24 years in my district. I was part-time for many years while I was raising my 4 fabulous children. My self-esteem is at an all time low. I am 47 years old and feel that school districts are only hiring young people with a few years of experience. I will have 2 kids in college next year and I really need to work! I love to read your commentaries-they have been close to my heart for many years!
    Thanks again.

  2. Sitting on a wire isn’t the best thing to be doing anyways. I think a nice healthy branch would be better.

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