Over the years, people have asked me why I chose the name "Little Brown Bird" for my shop. Some ask if I'm a big Eric Clapton fan, some ask if I like birds, etc. While I do enjoy a good Clapton song, and I do like birds, the name actually comes from a story I heard once.
To tell the truth, I don't even remember exactly where I heard it. It was back when I was looking for a little peace in my life, focus, a direction, a sense of my place in the world. I came across a story that stuck with me, even if the details are little sketchy now. It went something like this...
One day a man and his son took a walk in the woods. Along the way, the man showed the boy all kinds of interesting things, like how to tell one tree from another, how to mark your path so you don't get lost, and the names of all the animals. As they walked deeper into the woods, the boy's thoughts started to wander. He looked through the trees and up into the sky to see a large eagle flying over head. Round and round in circles it flew, so graceful and majestic. Spread wide, it would glide along for what seemed like an eternity before it again waved it's mighty wings to the air. Higher and higher it flew and the boy followed right along with it, never taking his eyes off the wonderous bird.
Just then, the man stopped and asked, "Have you heard anything that I've been saying?" "Not really." said the boy. "Why not?" the man inquired. The boy answered, "There is an eagle flying above us. Look at how beautiful it is! It's got to be the biggest bird I've ever seen!" The man knelt down and looked the boy in the eye. "But I've been telling you about the forest and all its wonderful gifts. Don't you see? While you were distracted by the bird in the sky, you have missed all the little brown birds around us."
To me, that story reminds us to be present in the moment. To live life fully, we must take in each moment's wonders, big or small. I began to understand that it's not just the big moments in our lives that shape us, but also the little happy moments that we share along the way.