I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” It’s a common saying that most of us have used it at least once to help make a decision.
But I have a revelation for you: A bird in the hand is not always worth two in the bush!
That’s a way of telling us to play it safe. Don’t risk what you already have for what you dream of having. Be happy with mediocrity. That’s what this common saying is telling us.
When we settle for what we have instead of taking a chance to get what we want, we’re letting our fear of failure make the decision for us. When that happens…our fear wins and our dream loses.
My adorable dog Daisy knows a thing or two about taking a risk. She was a shelter dog who I adopted in 2011 from the Animal Rescue of the Rockies. She was skin and bones when I got her and very fearful.
When I brought her home, I sat her on a pillow and she wouldn’t leave it. For several days, I hand fed her on her pillow and carried her outside when she needed to go out.
When I brought her back inside, she ran straight to her pillow and that’s where she stayed. I don’t know her history, but it wasn’t good. Fear ruled her life.
After a few days, she became more comfortable in the house. In the middle of cooking dinner, I was shocked to turn around and see Daisy standing in the kitchen entry. As soon as I saw her, she darted back to her pillow.
I pretended like nothing happened, but I did get a treat out and put it on the floor where she was standing in the kitchen. If she decided to venture out again, she’d get a reward for it.
A few minutes later, she came back, grabbed her treat, darted back to her pillow, and ate it. Then she was back for more and that ended the dog pillow sequester of 2011.
What if Daisy believed that a bird in the hand was worth two in the bush? She was getting food and water without leaving her pillow. In her mind, leaving her pillow was a huge risk so why did she take it?
For some reason, Daisy didn’t let fear rule her decision making. Despite her fear, she took a risk and left the safety of her pillow…and she was rewarded for it.
Will there always be a reward for taking a risk? Of course not! But the more risks you take and the less you allow fear to rule your decision making, the better your chances are of finding your reward.
Sometimes in life, if you want to get the most out of it and live a life most people only dream about…you have to leave the safety of YOUR pillow. You have to set the bird in your hand free and chase the two in the bush.
Is a bird in the hand better than two in the bush? Or vice versa?
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