I was paging through a picture book this morning, looking for a short story to use with my students, and came across this gem. After reading the tale from China, I sat at my desk and realized it was just what I needed to read. Some days I wonder if our little nonprofit is making much of a difference in the world…thankfully, the hummingbird answered my question.
“One day an elephant saw a hummingbird lying on its back with its tiny feet up in the air. “What are you doing?” asked the elephant.
The hummingbird replied, I heard the sky might fall today, and so I am ready to help hold it up, should it fall.”
The elephant laughed cruelly. Do you really think,” he said, “that those tiny feet could help hold up the sky?”
The hummingbird kept his feet up in the air, intent on his purpose, as he replied, “Not alone. But each must do what he can. And this is what I can do.”