Melody the lark thought she was ready for winter, until a crow showed up in the middle of the night…
Melody the singing lark lived in a perfect world! Melody lived in Happy Town and was the only bird to call that part of town home. This was her territory and she was free to do whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted.
As winter approached, it was time for Melody to hunt for worms so that she wouldn’t have to go hunting in the snow. The worms would be her main source of nutrition for the winter. Any other bird would have hidden the worms they caught to keep them away from the crows. But Melody decided against it. After all, this was her territory – no trespassers allowed!
“Hrmph! Why should I be concerned about those pesky crows,” said Melody to herself as she nonchalantly set the worms on an exposed tree branch. “This is my town, and I simply can’t be bothered to hide my meals. I’m the only person who’s allowed to eat them anyway!”
Upon retiring for the night, Melody fell into a deep sleep right next to her worms. Almost immediately, Crank Crow from a neighboring town flew by and noticed the worms.
“Well, would you look at that!” he said, as he swooped down and grabbed up Melody’s worms. “This is the easiest hunt ever! It’s going to be a great winter!”
Poor Melody woke up just in time to see Crank Crow flying off with her entire stash of winter meals.
Almost in tears, and as the snow came falling down, Melody lamented, “If I had only taken the time to protect my precious worms, I wouldn’t have to be hunting for more now in the snow.”
Regardless of how time-consuming the exercise, spend the time to do it right, so things remain under control when it matters most.
Have you ever done just enough to get by instead of giving all you have to give as regards any area of your life?
Let it out and let’s learn from each other’s experiences. And go ahead and share. 🙂