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October 15, 2015
Editor's Note
Geneva Rinehart - Geneva@hospitalityupgrade.com

Recently, my family discovered that hummingbirds have found their way to our backyard. My kids were fascinated by how many there are. They are tiny, beautiful and vicious birds. Yes, vicious. Who would expect it, but hummingbirds are extremely territorial, especially when protecting a food source (our new hummingbird feeder). I saw one of the birds take out another bird in mid flight. The territorial hummingbird was not the most beautiful in the group of birds and I was worried about the others birds being chased off, so my mom suggested putting a feeder in the front yard. That is a great idea. As it turns out, the front yard is in full bloom and a much better place for birds to hang out and be happy.

While I'm not a hummingbird, I can relate to the guy protecting his territory. When you've got something good you don't look around much. Recently I was forced into a lesson when I had to take some unexpected sick time. My doctor prescribed two weeks of rest, boredom and no computer work, which is not exactly the prescription a workaholic, type-A personality wants to hear during deadline. My friends, family and colleagues stepped up to the plate, worked long hours, sat in extra meetings, did laundry, cooked meals and did everything else necessary to give me time to recover. What does this have to do with the hummingbird? That little hummingbird is so fixated on the backyard and the one feeder that it misses out on the rewards that are just on the other side of the house. How true is that of our own lives? We can become so focused on our own area that we miss what is just beyond our current view. So let someone else into your territory. Learn to let go a little and see what is around you. I learned that our team is more than capable to keep the ship on course (didn't they do a great job!), and we even made our deadline.

Geneva Rinehart

 
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