The forest was quiet—too quite. From out of nowhere came the clatter or horses’ hooves, and then silence again. A few moments later a flame sprang from the dry leaves.
“Fire!” roared the bear. “Run for your lives,” cried the crow. The forest animals, great and small, all fled in panic toward the river. But one small bird remained on the far bank watching the forest burn. “What can we do?” he cried out. There was no answer. “But this is our home,” he cried again, “We must do something—it’s on fire!” Silence was the only answer.
At last, he swooped down from his perch, scooped up a bill-full of water and flew over to dump it on the fire. Time after time he flew from the river to the fire until his weary wings were singed and covered with ash. High above, the gods looked down at the chaos below, and they laughed.
“What in the world is that little bird doing?” asked one god. “He is trying to put ou the fire with a bill-full of water! But Why? I will find out.” And the god went down to Earth to ask the bird.
Later when the god returned to the skies, he was surrounded by the other gods. “Well? What is he doing?” they all asked at once. The god replied softly, “He told me, ‘I am but one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.”
Tears welled up in the gods’ eyes and fell as gentle rain on the flames below, quenching the fire.
You are but one. Yes. But you can change the world. Nothing is stopping you but you. Sure you may be lonely, injured, depressed, unmotivated, everything, but there is no reason why you can’t go out and make your mark on the world. Just like the little bird, you may not be able to change everything, but you can definitely transform lives. I have been struggling as of late. I have been having a hard time because I can’t really do anything. It is hard. I look forward to crutching to the gym every day, but even that is something that I want to do at a running pace. I want to go back to work. I want to run and jump and make my body fly again. I think that is the hardest part about an injury. Knowing that the athlete inside you is still raging forth, but your body cant take it. What can one do? One can stand for what they believe in. Bring their appreciation for God back into their life. Bring their heart back into it, and through it all, live.