Monday, June 27, 2016

How big is too big?

We humans have a tendency to bite off more than we can chew. Apparently birds do too.

This seagull at Canaveral National Seashore in New Smyrna Beach caught a small fish in the shallow water but although the fish isn't large, it was too big for him to swallow whole.

Watching the video you can almost see the gull's mind working:

"Shall I peck it to pieces or toss it in the air and try to get it down my throat?"

All the while, the gull cautiously scans the sky for predators eager to steal away its catch.

Such are the dilemmas of life in the wild, dilemmas we human experience as well.

How often have we bitten off more than we can chew, taken on too many responsibilities or believed sweeping promises too big too swallow?

The gull has three choices:  Swallow its oversized catch, peck it apart before eating or abandon it altogether and find a smaller fish.

What would you do?

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