When we got closer, it was easy to see what was luring them to the boat. The fisherman was cleaning his catch. As he sliced into the fish, the unwanted pieces were tossed overboard. Instead of going to the work of catching their own fish, these birds were happy to feast on the unwanted scraps.
I wondered how often in life I’ve been happy to settle for scraps when, with a little effort, I could have had so much more.
Do I work hard towards my goals and dreams or give up thinking they require more talent or ambition than I possess? Is it much easier to associate with those who have achieved what I desire, hoping some of their talent will spill over on me? Maybe they will have an abundance of what I’m looking for and I can hover nearby for the scraps.
This is not a pretty picture, but one I’m sure I’ve been guilty of at one time or another. Watching these birds settling for scraps was a visible reminder of who I don’t want to be.
What I’m reaching for won’t happen overnight, but given time and dedication, is achievable. If I truly believe in myself there will be no need to settle for scraps.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“All great achievements require time.” Maya Angelou
“Never underestimate your own strength. You were born for a purpose and are blessed with the power to achieve it.” Leon Brown