Sally the seagull always wanted to do things her own way. When the other
seagulls flew left she went right. When they went along the lake searching
for food she flew inland. Sally always had to do it her way. On this
particular day Sally was being her usual self flying alone along the city
streets looking for food leftovers that people had thrown away. Then she
saw what she thought was a great deal of a meal.
While flying along a busy road Sally
saw a large brown bag from a fast food restaurant someone had thrown away.
It was a big puffy bag so Sally thought it was full of food. She was
delighted with herself and swooped down to peck open the bag to get a
Sally no sooner started pecking the
bag when it moved. She pecked at it again and again. Each time she pecked
the bag moved further away along the roadside. This was beginning to
frustrate Sally but she kept pecking away at the big brown bag. The bag
She pecked and pecked so many times
that the bag moved onto the roadway. Twice cars almost hit Sally. The bag
was blown back onto the roadside where Sally pecked again at the bag.
Sally pecked at the bag for over an
hour until finally she got a corner of the bag open. She pecked some more
until she was able to open the bag up to get her head inside. She was so
proud of herself as she looked inside to see her big tasty meal.
The big brown bag moved around her
head. Sally pulled out an empty wrapper and another and another. Finally
all the wrappers were out and she stuck her head in one last time to get
that big feast she knew was in there. She grabbed it, pulled it out, than
looked again. All that was in the big brown puffy bag was one French fry.
She flew off a moment later angry at the bag for being empty.
What Sally thought was a feast was
an empty bag of garbage with nothing worthy to eat for all the effort she
put in. If Sally had worked with the other seagulls she would have found
out sooner there was nothing worthwhile inside.
Sometimes our lives are like that.
We peck our way around at a job or task thinking itís really important but
in the end find out it wasn't worth it. Decide what is important then spend
time on it. Donít be too proud to think you can do it yourself. Others will
help if you ask.