Albert Schewietzer shares a wonderful story about one creature caring for another. He makes this an example of how we all can have a “reverence for all life.” This is his story.
” It happened in a park where a flock of wild geese had settled to rest on a pond. One of the flock of wild geese had settled to rest on a pond. One of the flock had been captured by a gardener, who had clipped its wings before releasing it. When the geese start to resume their flight, this one tried, frantically, but vainly, to lift itself in the air. The others, observing his struggles, flew about in obvious efforts to encouraghe him, but it was no use. Thereupon, the entire flock settled back on the pond and waited, even though the urge to go on was strong within them. For several days they waited until the damaged feathers had grown sufficiently to permit the goose to fly. Meanwhile, the unethical gardener, converted by the ethical geese, gladly watched them as they finally rose together and all resumed their long flight.”
SOURCE: Albert Schweitzer: Essential writings, (2005) Orbis Books. New York. Page 164.
I love this story. So true about all living creatures, it’s in our DNA to care for those who are the weakest. Even the geese knew it was for them to be sure this little goose was not going to be left behind..no matter what. And so they waited…and waited some more, till he was able and ready to fly with the rest of them. As they say in the military, “We got your back.”
I believe that the story about the goose who couldn’t fly is much like the stories you and I have shared. In other words, I too have had the time when I was isolated, alone and motionless. I was totally immobilized by fatigue, fear and shame.
I became imprisoned. The key out of this prison eventually was found and I was free. I was free because of others who just like me had once succumbed to the belief that they were worthless, useless and hopeless. And thank God they came to my rescue and helped me learn to live again without the weight of depression forcing me to the dirt. And there you have it. They helped me, step by step, to sort things out in my life and I was able to not only live life again, but I also learned a lot about living the Twelve Step recovery way. Now we have Depressed Anonymous fellowship recovery groups where we are able to share our hope, strength and experiences. If you are feeling stranded and alone, join us and fly with us.