“Flight is not exclusive to a single species, nor is the ability to fly restricted to those with the greatest wingspan. Just as many creatures – known and unknown- can fly, the accomplishment of great deeds is not the sole domain of the largest, the most dominant, or even the most apparent. The tiniest of notions can fly.”
– Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Flight of the Hummingbird
There are more than 350 species of this extraordinary little bird. And as with human beings, it is not always the largest, most courageous, or loudest animal that can do the most good or have the greatest influence. It is those who are not afraid to act, who are aware of what is at stake, who can make the greatest difference. It is not the march of a thousand warriors led by a grand general who can find the solutions to our challenges…it is often the small and immediate responses which are most effective…the acts that we as individuals are totally capable of undertaking. The hummingbird’s faith in the power of the small and in herself, is an illustration of one tiny birds small contribution – the act of simply doing what she can.
The hummingbird often symbolizes beauty and agility, as well as courage, optimism, wisdom and the celebration of life. Spotting a hummingbird is a sign of good things to come. In stories about hummingbirds the frequent elements spoken about are fire, rain and water. Some stories suggest that the hummingbird was born from fire while other stories suggest that it was the hummingbird who brought fire to the earth. In some stories it is said that the hummingbird found a path to the sunlight for people who lived in an underground world of darkness.
From Flight of the Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas