I was standing at my kitchen sink washing dishes just a couple of days ago when I saw something that made me laugh. There was a robin outside the window who had a 4ft length of string in her mouth and she was pulling it with all her might. One end was knotted in a tangled mess around the leg of a deck chair and the other end was in her beak. She was diligently trying to get it loose but it was obviously impossible. I thought about going out there and untangling it for her but then had second thoughts since that would mean the string would smell of human and then she might not want it. I figured if she kept trying she might be able to pull a few of the frayed parts or little wisps off the main part of the string and use that part for her nest.
The next day I went out onto the deck and looked up into the eaves. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The string….the WHOLE string was up in her nest! She did what I thought was going to be impossible for her.
That little robin must have worked the whole day to get that string up into her nest. It made me think of the role tenacity plays in life…bird life and human life too. It’s not always the most talented or the most fit for the task that gets things done. Sometimes it’s pure persistent, stick-to-itiveness that does the trick. It’s that way in the gym for sure. It’s not necessarily the most athletic or the genetically gifted that end up with the best physiques. A lot of the time the prize goes to the most tenacious person, the one who shows up, stays on task and pushes forward without getting discouraged. That little, mama robin has a message for us all. Success belongs to those who KEEP ON TRYING!