PONDER on THIS for Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 by Mark Nepo in THE BOOK OF AWAKENING

“It was a very small thing, watching a robin carry a twig too big for its nest. It tried once, then twice, to use it, and somehow, with its very small bird brain, it knew it was no good. It simply flew off and picked another.

I went and found the twig. There wasn’t a mark on it. I rolled it in my hand and thought of all the times I’ve labored, trying to make things too big fit. So often what we want is like that twig, too big to be of use, and we stay lodged in an unhappiness created by holding on to something that can’t complete our nest.

It was humbling to watch a small bird work, singing as it went, leaving what it couldn’t use as it found it. If we could only treat each other with such kindness.”

Mark Nepo, in “The Book of Awakening”

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