A Moment to Reflect

31 August 2020

A Moment to Reflect -95


I photographed this spectacularly plumaged parrot in Bolivia. It didn’t seem to mind being photographed and looked me straight in the eye as it posed for the camera.

As we all know, some parrots and other birds like to imitate human speech. (I don’t know about this particular one, because I didn’t speak to it and it didn’t speak to me.) I do quite enjoy attempting to make the sounds of various animals and birds to amuse my grandchildren, but I have to admit I’ve never really wanted to swap places with any animal, or for that matter any human being.

Have you ever tried to copy someone you looked up to or even wished you were someone else?

Have you ever envied another person’s looks, intelligence, skills, knowledge, popularity, possessions, life? Has your song ever been, “Ooh-bi-doo, I wan’na be like you. I want to walk like you, talk like you, too” —Phil Harris and Louis Prima – Jungle Book

I think the advice of Oscar Wilde (said tongue-in-cheek, of course) is absolutely spot on: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”

The only qualification I would make to that advice is that we should want to be the best and most authentic version of ourselves that we can be, with nothing false about us, and for that to happen it’s the advice of St. Paul we should probably take, ” Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 RSV))