The Great Fire and the Little Water

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
January 27, 2015

Among the Aztec people of Mexico, it is said that a long time ago there was a great fire in the forests that covered our Earth. People and animals started to run, trying to escape from the fire. Our brother owl, Tecolotl, was running away also when he noticed a small bird hurrying back and forth between the nearest river and the fire. He headed towards this small bird.

He noticed that it was our brother the Quetzal bird, Quetzaltototl, running to the river, picking up small drops of water in his beak, then returning to the fire to throw that tiny bit of water on the flame. Owl approached Quetsal bird and yelled at him: “What are you doing brother? Are you stupid? You are not going to achieve anything by doing this. What are you trying to do? You must run for your life!”

Quetzal bird stopped for a moment and looked at owl, and then answered: “I am doing the best I can with what I have.”

It is remembered by our Grandparents that a long time ago the forests that covered our Earth were saved from a great fire by a small Quetzal bird, an owl, and many other animals and people who got together to put out the fire.

Source: "Turning To One Another" by Margaret Wheatley
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3 comments
  1. Naomi said:

    This is an inspiring justification for carrying out acts of kindness and charity, even when our resources individually are limited, as per this:

    ‘Quetzal bird stopped for a moment and looked at owl, and then answered: “I am doing the best I can with what I have.”’

    Love this, thanks for sharing. 🙂

    Like

  2. Love this fable, that demonstrates the awesome power of inspiration that can be generated by one creature/person! Let’s get going!!

    Liked by 1 person

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