Lessons fom the Water Ouzel

What can great leaders learn from a simple bird like the water ouzel?  According to Steve Goodier, a lot.  In a blog post, When You’re in a Cement Mixer, he writes:

“If you ever feel as if you are being knocked about by life, think about the amazing bird called the Water Ouzel. I can’t imagine this water bird knows what it is to have a bad day. The little creature is often found living next to violent waterfalls and fast-rushing rivers. And however threatening the weather, however cold the water, in snow and rain and even blazing summer sun, the tough and cheerful Water Ouzel can be heard chirping and singing. What’s more, while the voices of most song-birds, however melodious in warm weather, fall silent over long winter months, the hearty Water Ouzel sings on through all seasons and every kind of storm …. It’s as if the bird knows that every violent storm will eventually give way to sunshine; every dark night will finally fade into dawn.”

What beautiful simplicity in the message – living with an indefatigable belief and attitude that sees joy and hope in every day  in “all seasons and every kind of storm.” These are the fuels that ignite dreams and feelings – that there is something more to who we are and what we can accomplish, something that will bring greater fulfillment to life’s purpose.  Great leaders believe that “every violent storm will eventually give way to sunshine; every dark night will finally fade into dawn” – because they know that the choice is in their hands … in their control. May we all learn well the lessons from the water ouzel.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent and wondrous week!!!

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1 Response to Lessons fom the Water Ouzel

  1. Jack Beach says:

    Optimism is the wellspring of leadership. Thanks Mike.

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