How Hummingbirds Taught Me Positivity 

 January 6, 2021

When it comes to perspective, we have two options: hummingbird or vulture.

Wait...what?

Alright, let me explain. 

Both hummingbirds and vultures need to find food, and even though they’re both birds, they both eat very differently. 

Ever wonder why hummingbird feeders are that bright, eye-catching red? It’s because hummingbirds use their sight to find food.

Most hummingbirds love the sweet nectar found in brightly coloured flowers, so, when a hummingbird finds that beautiful, colourful flower, they know they’ve just found their next best meal.

Vultures, on the other hand, search for dead or dying animals to pick at. One of the reasons they’re such effective scavengers is their long-range eyesight, as most vultures can spot food from miles away.

Now, it might seem like I just gave you a completely random lesson on birds, but believe it or not, we can learn a lot from hummingbirds and vultures.

In life, we can take a lot of different perspectives. We can choose to look for the good, or the bad -- and what we’re searching for is often what we find. 

Both the hummingbird and the vulture spend the day looking at the same landscape, but they each find different things.

Hummingbirds fly over dead animals, and vultures fly over flowers, but they only notice what they’re looking for. 

Like the hummingbird, we can choose to find the beautiful things in life. We can decide to fill ourselves with the sweet nectar of optimism. In other words, if you look for the bright or positive things, that’s what you’ll find.

Or, we can be like the vulture, and scavenge for the somber things. When we choose the vulture’s perspective and look for the gloomy or negative things in life, we’re guaranteed to find them.

Both the ugly and the beautiful exist, often side by side, and what you focus on is what you find. This will affect your mood, perspective, relationships and performance.

Let’s make an effort to focus on positivity in life. Let’s take the hummingbird’s perspective and find ourselves some beautiful, colourful flowers.

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