Birds and change

In her best selling book Bird by Bird, Anne Lammott tells a great story about her brother rushing to finish a school assignment on birds at the last minute.

He was overwhelmed at the magnitude of the project and impending deadline until their father sat down beside him, placed a hand on his shoulder and said:

“Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”

It serves as an amazing (and at times annoying) reminder that the small actions we take consistently compound over time to create change.

Framed as a question, because that’s how we roll around here: What would it look like to suspend your obsession (and worry) of the desired outcome and instead just take it bird by bird?

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