Last night I heard an extraordinary story of a single hummingbird. You see there was a huge fire in the forest where the little bird lived. As the trees burned, the animals whose homes were on fire ran towards the river. There were elephants, raccoons, beavers, foxes, bears, and many others who gathered to watching it all burn. As the fire’s destruction raged on, they stood on the banks immobilized by fear and awe.
But the little bird thought to herself, I can do something. So she beat her wings as fast as they would go and, as rapidly as a bird can, she fluttered back and forth between the fire and the river carrying a few drops at a time to help put the inferno out.