We Are But Hummingbirds – Monday Motivation #21
I have an online friend with whom I chat somewhat regularly.
It is unplanned really.
He is sometimes online when I am and sometimes that coincides with our mutual availability.
I enjoy him
But I find that while he knows much of me authentically, I’m still guarded with him.
I tell myself that he is, after all, still a stranger in some of the key ways that matter.
Still I a enjoy him.
I see him as an analogy and the other day I shared that analogy with him.
We are but little hummingbirds flitting in and out of one another’s day.
For now that is lovely — a nice unexpected surprise …
In the case of the real hummingbird, I get to see him in all his brilliant colors.
I especially love the iridescent green that is so close to the peacock’s colors. …
But he says nothing.
We communicate very little, that hummingbird and I.
You are a different hummingbird.
And I like the way you flit too …
All else comes in due time.
I don’t feel rushed to know my online friend or to “catch” him either.
I appreciate the simple interaction we share.
It is authentic, philosophical, warm, and vulnerable.
It was in this context that the other day, he said something to me that was so beautiful and so profound that I was still thinking about it long after we talked (not a first btw). He spoke of human interaction and authenticity. He packaged the complexity of human interaction up so succinctly that thought it was worth sharing and discussing. He said:
I was thinking about people, how they interact with each other.
How they need friends but want to be alone
How they protect everything personal and still would love to be accepted for all that they are.
It struck me as divinely complex.
It made me wonder what it would take to take us from hummingbirds to turtle doves.
Are there times when you covet your independence and alone time, but also couldn’t bear the thought of a friendless existence? Times when you so desperately want to be accepted wholly and yet you know you aren’t sharing your whole authentic self?