The Buzzard, The Bat and The Bumblebee

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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

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!

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and trust in our
Creator who loves us.

(thanks for sharing this fwd Mae)

13 thoughts on “The Buzzard, The Bat and The Bumblebee

  1. That’s a wonderful tale, and gives a lot to think. It is true we too often forget to look up, it’s so simple that sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do!

  2. Marenda, I agree wholeheartedly with your message here. No matter who wins the presidential election (no man is ever going to be the answer to all our problems) let’s keep looking up!

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  4. All we have to do is look up! I love these words. Thanks to Mae. Interesting metaphorical as well as scientific facts.

  5. This is an interesting story. I had never heard it before. I think you are right that often we really do get so focused on our problems, that we fail to look up. I find that when I start banging my head against the bottom of the tumbler, it is time to stop what I am doing and regroup. Often after a break it is much easier to come back to a problem and solve it.

  6. How interesting. I read a similar thing the other day that compared people to placing carrots, eggs or coffee beans in boiling water. Carrots start off hard, but go soft in the water. Some people appear hard but can’t take the pressure. Eggs start off soft, but go hard in the heat and lose their soft centres. Some people are made hard by pressure, they lose their soft centres, their souls. Coffee beans infuze into the water and impove it. Some people handle the pressures of life and improve it for others. Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

  7. I kinda fall in between a bat and a buzzard. These examples can really help you see what kind of person you are and allow you to take action. Great post.

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