A repurposed Parable

Sarah, allow me to build upon your words.

Not long before I left Portland I found myself reading a small book in Powell’s dubbed Flight of the Hummingbird: A Parable for the Environment, a fun little book. After the parable it contained insights and advice from the Dalai Lama and Wangari Maathai, an environmental activist and leader from Kenya.

I don’t remember all that the Dalai Lama and Wangari Maathai had to say (don’t get me wrong, it was charming and to the point), but I do remember, almost verbatim, the parable about the hummingbird and the environment. Parables are funny little creatures sometimes. They stick to you like ticks stick to socks after a walk in the woods.

I got excited when I found the parable in video form. I, like Sarah, want to inspire change and not merely guilt. Here is the repurposed parable:


  1. This is funny, just last night I was with my friend and his nephew was watching Curious George Goes Green. Naturally, I got sucked in. It had about ten episodes of George being curious about green things...very informative.

  2. If this is true, and it is not our place to ask "will this make the difference?" but, instead, "what can I do?";
    than my world just got tipped upside down. It would be so freeing to stop worrying about the end result, and just start DOING.

    It applies to more than the environment, for sure.

  3. yes, yes, parables do more than stick to your socks...they lure you in and sucker punch you from behind . . . all while changing/ruining your whole life.