The Pecking Order

Hope Shack (8)

Have you ever watched chickens chase each other around the coop?  The pecking order is something that is very important within the chicken community.  If new chickens get introduced there is always a struggle for a while until a new pecking order is established.

The older group of chickens already seem to have a routine and an order in which they function, but when new birds are brought into the flock there is a lot of fighting and jockeying for position.  Some birds will become dominant and those birds most often go to the top of the roost while the others take a spot closer to the floor.

With those birds on top it becomes very important for them to exert their continued dominance over the flock.  I have watched as some birds sit at the top of the coop even when the others are out enjoying a feast roaming around the farm.  These chickens get so consumed with maintaining their position that they often fail to enjoy the world around them.  They miss the fresh air, sunshine and special treats offered outside the coop.

I think sometimes we can be like the chickens, always trying to be on top, in control of everything and everyone.  When we begin to function from a point of dominance and power we often miss the joy that is right in front of us because we are too worried about keeping our position on top.

Just for today, why not do something just because we can, not because it will improve our position in the workplace or our status in the community.  Why not go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.  Take a child out for ice cream or visit an old friend.  Life is too short to spend all our time trying to stay on top of everything, let’s allow someone else to take a turn at the top while we go out and enjoy the world around us!


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