Archive for January 13th, 2010

Impossible only means that you haven’t found the solution yet”



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.” (Author Unknown)


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 for the openings and opportunities that are right in front of us. More committed to being right about the way we have always done things than we are to finding solutions to problems, we stay stuck, prisoners in our own jails of limited thinking.


How often do couples travel down the same path of arguing and fighting over something they disagree about? Rather than step back and look for another way to communicate, they just keep ramming the same point home, neither listening to the other and solutions are never found. Stalemates become acceptable. Being right becomes more important than having it work. Everyone loses.


How often do companies institute a new program, system or process that will save time, energy and money, but employees resist the change because it requires them to get out of the old patterns that they’re stuck in and do things differently. The new system that could make everyone’s life easier and more efficient eventually gets bypassed by the old familiar ways. Nothing is improved. There is no growth for the company or for the individuals within it and everyone loses.


How do you stay stuck and trapped when you could be flying free? What are some limiting beliefs and behaviors you’re operating with that if you changed them would open up a whole new world for you? What are the solutions that are right in front of your nose that you haven’t looked for or been willing to see? They are there. I can promise you that. But, Ms./Mr. Buzzard, Bat and Bee, YOU must be willing to look for them. You were given wings. Don’t waste them. Be creative. Look in places you’ve never gone before, discover ALL the choices that lie before you, explore avenues you’ve never thought of, talk to people who think differently than you, seek new methods, approaches and ideas and you’ll be flying soon!.


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