Shrikes and Hummingbirds: Shred or Pollinate

Shrikes impale their victims on thorns, and then shred their flesh; whereas, hummingbirds pollinate flowers, enabling them to bloom. In the human kingdom, we can choose to act like a shrike or a hummingbird.

Here’s some interesting facts about shrikes that I found on Wikipedia:

“Shrikes are known for their habit of catching insects and small vertebrates and impaling their bodies on thorns. This helps them to tear the flesh into smaller, more conveniently-sized fragments, and serves as a cache so that the shrike can return to the uneaten portions at a later time…Shrikes are territorial, and these territories are defended from other pairs.”1

Have you ever had your character picked apart by an angry person? Often this happens behind your back in circles of whispers. Perhaps you’ve been that angry person who has participated in the shredding of others. I think we can all confess to shrike-like behaviors, especially when we’re upset over insults, slights, or stepped on toes. Eventually, hurt and anger bubbles up and out of our souls, and then we sharpen our beaks on nursed harms. READ THE ENTIRE POST…

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About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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