Sometimes our feathered friends, as they flutter all around us, drop a feather. When did you last pick up a feather? Not recently? But as a child you did, right?
Oh, the marvel of these feathers, so smooth and yet so strong!
On wings of such feathers our birds navigate the ocean of air and glide on its currents. These feathers, so smooth and yet so strong, allow them to soar high or dive down swiftly and elegantly.
Isn’t it surprising that something can be smooth, soft, light and strong at the same time? Is strength not a more likely partner to harshness, heaviness, and rigidity?
When you think of strong people, don’t you often get the impression of people who are weighted by responsibilities, unyielding in their opinions, and heavy with importance? It does not have to be that way. People can be like feathers, so smooth and yet so strong.
When you hold a feather in your hand, you notice that its backbone has a certain bounce to it. Its rigidity is balanced with flexibility. It is strong and light at the same time. This is also true for the fine filaments of the feather. A perfect creation.
What a marvel such a feather is! What a marvel YOU can be! You can be strong and yet tread on earth lightly. You can follow your visions and goals and yet stay open to new possibilities. You can lead and still be gentle.
Nature teaches you – if you are willing to learn. Be like a feather, so smooth and yet so strong.