A Quote, A Tale & The Moral of the Story

Monday, January 23, 2012


"THERE IS A TIDE in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their lives is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea, are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our fortunes." - - - William Shakespeare


I had a little bird in a cage. A cardinal that someone had trapped and kept locked up all his life. They hadn't taken very good care of him, and I was his rescuer.

I fed him and took care of him as best I could and one day I took his cage out into the yard and opened the door. Nothing happened. I left him there all day with the cage door open. Nothing.

Finally, I took him out of the cage and put him in a tree. He flew to the top branch. Hours later, I went around the back of the house, where I had dumped the cage. It was lying on its side in some weeds. The door was open and the little bird was inside.

He had been in his cage so long, he couldn't leave it. He died in it.


Is there something in your life you're waiting to do? Remember, "There is a tide..."
Don't let Opportunity pass you by too often. Face your fear and take your chance. It is said that people regret most the things they never did.
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    Great blog. Sad story. No more words, just alot of thinking!
    2723 days ago
  • JUSTJO66
    Great sad story. Thanks for sharing.

    2723 days ago
    Poor little birdie... so beautiful and so horribly scarred. We need to remember that those who appear beautiful on the outside are perhaps in more pain than we can imagine. I know that was not the intent of the tale but touched me deeply. Thank you Kren. You touch lives!
    2724 days ago
    Great Story. Thanks for sharing.
    2728 days ago
    Devil's advocate here. LOL. I get the moral and agree that we should never allow fear to keep us from doing what we want to do.................................

    But I also wonder about the bird. LOL. Did he die immediately when he was given freedom or come back to live in the cage and die later?

    Sometimes a cage is not viewed by people in the same way. To some free-spirited individuals marriage is a cage and to others it's a pleasurable way of life which they choose.

    It could be that the bird had become happy living in the cage. I wouldn't like it but then I choose to be married and live pretty isolated in my "cage" in the country. I'm content and have no desire to leave. Adventure to some is danger to others.

    For instance once we left one of the cage doors open to our chinchillas. This cage had 3 females in it. A mother and 2 daughters. In the morning Bun, the mother, and Wheeler, one of the most adventurous females in the group were out running loose getting into everything. Blocker was content to stay in the cage and have it all to herself. I guess she had everything she needed and wanted there. She has always liked her cage. Eventually she ran the others off so she could have it for herself. LOL.

    One man's palace is another man's prison.
    2730 days ago
  • SILLYHP1953

    The sound of thinking.
    2731 days ago
    I've had many of those tides come in when I've stayed in the shallows. And, yes, I now regret more what I didn't do rather than what I did do.
    While I say: It's never too late, I also think that the muse or something in us dries up after a time if we don't tend it. It's like the "raisin in the sun" from Langston Hughes. Some of us have become so good at avoidance that any activity, other than the every day mundane, becomes excruciating.
    Most people I know do not understand this and I'm slowly training myself to just shut up.
    However, as I'm sitting in my nightgown at 11:03 on Tuesday morning (after NOT going to Elderobics once again), I see this wonderful, understanding blog...from Shakespeare via Karen. And the little bird story...it represents many of us.
    Thanks for this important message, Karen.
    2732 days ago
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    2732 days ago
    emoticon Thanks for sharing and the thought provoking! vista
    2732 days ago
  • DGAIL51
    I needed to hear that just now, these past several days especially. I love the way sometimes just the right words come our way.

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    2732 days ago
    Terrific story. Thanks for sharing.
    2732 days ago
    great story
    2732 days ago
  • JUDY1676
    Thanks for sharing the story. The moral is well taken.
    2732 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Karen, this is VERY moving and makes me think more than any of the other blogs I have read on fear...but my heart breaks for this little bird! HUGS
    2732 days ago
    What a moving story! Thanks for sharing.
    2732 days ago
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