Environmental activist Wangari Maathai understands that we're constantly being bombarded by problems we face, and it's easy to become overwhelmed. She has a story about a hummingbird that may help.

A raging fire is burning in the jungle.


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It's such an overwhelming disaster that all of the animals are watching the conflagration in shock.

A hummingbird says, “I'm going to do something about the fire."

It flies to the nearest stream and takes a drop of water.

It races back to the fire, where it drops the water onto the flames. Back and forth it goes, over and over, while the larger animals — like the elephant whose trunk could deliver so much more water — stand watching.

Eventually they ask the hummingbird, “What do you think you can do? You're too little!"

Without pausing, the hummingbird answers:

The story has a simple point.

"I may feel insignificant, but I certainly don't want to be like the animals watching the planet goes down the drain. I will be a hummingbird. I will do the best I can." — Wangari Maathai

The hummingbird's inspiring story:

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