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Humans, birds have to take strife in stride
by Larry Wilson
Apr 19, 2010 | 676 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Spring cleaning is a ritual every year that, fortunately or unfortunately, needs to be done to spruce up the world. The other day, I was contemplating the task at hand when I heard a rustling in the bushes. I thought it was a mouse or something similar. It sounded loud and large whatever it was.

At first blush, you wanted to go see what was making the noise, but as it turned out, it was more fun to let the noise and situation develop for itself. Eventually, a sparrow emerged from the undergrowth with a leafy limb bigger than the sparrow in its mouth. This branch was undoubtedly to be used to build that bigger nest somewhere in the trees, but the sparrow for some reason couldn’t realize that he/she had chosen a branch that was too big for the sparrow’s flight abilities. A small fight ensued with several other sparrows who thought the branch was just their size and that they should have had it for their nests. In the aftermath of the small street fight that occurred, no sparrow took the branch they had fought over and there it lay, forlornly waiting for me to retrieve it and place it in the green monster for the garbage men to haul away.

Life is a struggle everywhere and at all times for everyone. How we deal with that struggle and its outcomes dictates how our fate will play out. Will we fight the struggle to correct the strife, will we lay down and let the strife control us or will we find another path to follow and thus find our ultimate happiness with our situation and our life? How we deal with all of life’s little strifes and those outcomes will ultimately be our path in life that we follow, planned or unplanned until we leave this earth.

Thousands of people around the world are having to deal with the strife caused by the untimely eruption of the Icelandic volcano the last few days. Those involved run the gamut of business people, world leaders, vacationers, students, parents with small children, grandparents and countless others all thrown into the abyss of the flight cancellations caused by the almost microscopic volcanic ash aloft in the air that will literally cause the shut down of an airplane’s engines while in flight and do permanent damage to those same engines inner workings if for some reason the plane should fly through the almost invisible cloud of volcanic dust particles. The small size of the ash particles only serves to increase the irony of the enormity of the problem should airliners fly through that immense cloud.

People understand the problem for the most part and at the same time are frustrated as there doesn’t seem to be any real solution to this problem except the passage of time and wind direction. A further irony is that a little more than 100 years ago, man first took to the air and now we have thousands of people seemingly stranded as they are unable to take to the air at all.

We have jumbo jets that can propel hundreds of people at a time from one point to another yet a small, almost microscopic piece of ash has grounded those mighty air birds.

We humans will take this additional strife in our lives and make the most of it and probably be better for it as a result. For, you see, dealing with strife is our plight in life for we all know we must persevere at all cost. It is not in our makeup to quit.

Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at
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