As I’ve been described as a ‘hummingbird on speed’, this article really appealed to me 🙂
According to Elizabeth Gilbert – The world is divided into two types of people. There are the hummingbirds, and there are the jackhammers.
Although I’m not a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert, this article on Mamamia, caught my attention. Also the fact that it was an Australian woman who took Gilbert to task about her earlier advice of ‘follow your passion’. The woman wrote to Gilbert saying she had made her feel like a loser as she hadn’t been able to find her passion despite years of searching. So Gilbert took another look at herself and the advice she was dishing out, and came up with this new inspirational message. You can read the full article here.
In the article, Gilbert defines a jackhammer as someone who becomes consumed by their passion and “we don’t look up and we don’t veer, and we’re just focused on that until the end of time.” She identifies herself as being in this category.
“It’s efficient, you get a lot done” she admits, “but we tend to be obsessive and fundamentalist and sometimes a little difficult and loud.”
And then there’s the hummingbird, the colourful bird that floats around. It does sound a bit like me, now that I come to think about it!!
Hummingbirds spend their lives doing it very differently. They move from tree to tree, from flower to flower, to field to field… Trying this, trying that.
Gilbert explains that whilst hummingbirds may feel anxious about not immediately finding their passion, they shouldn’t feel pressure to change.
“They create incredibly rich, complex lives for themselves and they also end up cross-pollinating. That is the service you do if you are a hummingbird person”.
For those who recognise themselves as a hummingbird, Gilbert goes on to say that eventually you will be much happier for following this path.
You can read the full article here on Mamamia: Elizabeth Gilbert: Are you a jackhammer or a hummingbird
Which are you?
As someone who is innately curious, I did find it an interesting article and can understand why I was described as a ‘hummingbird on speed’ all those years ago!
Which are you – a jackhammer or a hummingbird? Or doesn’t it matter? Let me know what you think, I’d really like to know your thoughts.
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A tragic accident at age 17, resulting in a Bravery Award from the Queen, didn’t deter Debbie from travelling the world. A young retiree, after being made redundant from her 22 year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre, she now loves reading, blogging, riding her ebike and a good cup of tea! Also known as Granny Debs to her 4 grandchildren.
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