Zentraveler on the Great Blue Heron!

Fables not only mimic life they have been handed down in story-form since the beginning of civilization. You have the Crocodile dance in Africa, you have the Eskimo Bear dance, you have the Snakes of the Sea Celebration in the South Pacific and legends worked into our history and civilization depicting the animal influence on our culture.

THE GREAT BLUE HERON

There he was in all of his splendor with his plumage gently blowing in the wind. He lifts his one foot and creeps toward a pod of small minnows. They spot his large beak making a shadow and swim to safety. He stands there in the midst of a feeding frenzy and passed up every variety of fish. That one is too small, that one is too large, that one is two wide, that one has a stripe down his side and I don’t like stripes.

Still standing on one foot he hasn’t made a muscle move for over an hour. Where does he hide his other foot? Does he use hydraulics? Fish swim in and out and fly across the eddy being chased by larger fish. There’s one that looks pretty good. OOP’s I missed him as he dunks his beak like a spear-fisherman in hopes of catching dinner. I must be losing my touch how did he swim away?

As seconds turned into minutes, and minutes turned into hours, and hours turned into days, our Great Blue Heron turned down hundreds of chances looking for the perfect fish. History will show that our magnificent equipped Great Blue Heron eventually turned into a skeleton and starved to death.

The moral of the story is you only have so many chances in life and unless you step up to the board and take a chance—— your perfectionist tendency will ruin the very thing you are looking for.

QUOTE: “Nowhere is there place To stop and live, so only Everywhere will do: Each and every grass-made hut soon leaves Its place within this withering world.”

– Saigyo (1118-1190) —–dailyzen.com

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Who Stuck The Stick in Slapstick?
The expression “slapstick comedy” today refers to low, rough humor, rather than the kind that uses words to put across a joke. Typical examples of slapstick are a comic fall and a custard pie in the face.

The word “slapstick” goes back to the 17th century Italian pantomime theater. Because pantomime uses no words, the clowns had to use actions to get laughs.

One of these actions was the striking of the seat of the pants of other characters with special kinds of sticks that made loud slapping noises. ——bigsiteofamazingfacts.com

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: The Great Blue Heron. The Louisiana Heron, The Little Blue Heron, the Night Heron, while you on a saving roll— why not save all of the Herons. They is very nice to have in the neighborhood.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Start living by dropping your excessive compulsive attitude on perfection.

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