Hungry Bird

Throughout the ages, we have collectively eulogized the great thinkers of the world — but thinking too much is not something to aspire to, as it can lead to severe paralysis of the mind and, as a consequence, even deep depression.

When you‘re (very) hungry, your only thought is of your next meal. You have no reason or desire to entertain the 1001 usual thoughts about your life’s problems, all of which usually whirl around in your brain like a violent storm during your waking (and often even your sleeping) moments. When your eyes of focus become single, your life becomes simple. Then you can experience the magical wonder and simple joy that makes life worth living.

Don’t be an angry bird, be a hungry one!

Jyri Manninen

So, what is the point of all this? Always stay hungry (at least a little), just like the baby bird, which has its whole life ahead if it, and has not yet already been poisoned by the assumptions, prejudices or fears of the world into which it is entering. It only possesses a desire to fly and explore — and hence it already has everything it will ever need to be happy.

Be blessed.

P.S. The main setting for this video is the historic fortress Island group of Suomenlinna, which is situated just off the coast of Helsinki. In particular, the location is ‘Länsimustasaari’, where I lived with my mother and grandmother for the first 6 years of my life.

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