They say, “Birds of the same feather–although they do make a good feather duster, that’s not my point–flock together.” But I guess that when love comes into the aviary, friendship flies out the window. It doesn’t really matter which bird. One of you does. One of you will. Ironically, when the lovebird-honeymoon stage is over, guess who’s in the chicken soup when someone catches the bird flu?
Bits and pieces of what we can learn from animals:
Cranes that inhabit the Taurus mountains of southern Turkey (no puns here) tend to cackle a lot, especially while flying. This noise attracts the unwanted attention of eagles which swoop down and seize the cranes for a hearty meal.
Cranes avoid this threat by doing an amazing act of prevention–filling their mouths with large stones to keep from cackling and from becoming somebody else’s dinner.
“A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”
When food and water are scarce, honey ants survive by depending on certain members of their colony known as “honey pots.” These particular ants are able to store so much nectar, as they swell up to the size of little, round berries. They sustain the entire colony during hard times by dispensing what they have stored in their bodies, hence, acting as “social stomachs.”
“Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you . . . and speak with My Words to them.”
*Note: Crane and ant analogy based on reflections by Mart and Richard De Haan