Presented by Erica Sofrina
Welcome to the angel story submissions from our Care2 readers. We have received some wonderful stories by terrific writers, which we will be featuring in our next segment of Angel Stories: Random Acts of Kindness. Please send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was submitted by Andrew Quilliam Brewer of Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Green Bird
I am remembering the Japanese yellow eyes. I am in my house up in Kula on the island of Maui. Suddenly I hear a bang against the window and I know a bird has hit the glass.
I run outside and see a very small green bird lying on the porch. The cats are already there and it is only with great difficulty that I manage to keep them away from the unconscious bird. I kneel and put my hands over the bird and give a prayer.
After a few moments I notice a small fluttering inside my hands. The bird has come back to the land of the living. I remove my hands and stand guard as he flutters up to the small railing around the porch. The cats are ready, but I manage to keep them at bay.
He stands and looks at me with his beautiful yellow eyes and takes in the day. We gaze at each other and share a moment that is rare between species. After a few moments he flies away, seemingly unhurt and I go back to my life.
Some weeks later, I am sitting on the porch under the bamboo in the same spot where I found the bird. I am deeply depressed and defeated. I consider that my whole life has been a complete failure and I have achieved nothing.
I am deep in this state of misery when suddenly there is a rustle in the bamboo. I look up and I see a whole flock of these tiny green birds all sitting just a few feet from my nose. They are all looking at me and they start to sing. I am completely amazed.
I listen to their very sweet song and my heart begins to heal.
The bird that I had saved was there in the middle looking right at me and letting me know, he had not forgotten my kindness.
After a timeless moment, they all rise up as one and fly over my head and circle several times. The love in their tiny little hearts just blew me away. That moment completely changed my state. My depression fell away and I was renewed. I received the love, which they gave me so unreservedly, and I was the better for it. I was healed.
The smallest creature can change your life.
The simplest act can save the largest creature.
The largest creature can love the smallest, and
the smallest creature can save your life.
By Andrew Quilliam Brewer
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