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  • Writer's pictureJessica

The power of consistency

What do you do if you don't get results you want or hope for right away, or even the first few times you try something new?

I put out a hummingbird feeder around the start of summer, and hoped that I'd get to see the beautiful little birds later that same day, or at the latest in the same week. I didn't. Every 3-4 days depending on weather temps I'd change the feeder sugar water. I did this for 2 months without seeing one hummingbird.

Then, on a gorgeous morning in August, one arrived and enjoyed the nectar. I was over the moon! I may have jumped up and down and squealed with giddiness (I did.) And guess what? The bird came back several times, and then later that day too. I've seen a hummingbird about every few days since, and it has been glorious.

As I watched the hummingbird drink from the feeder the first time I thought about how long it had taken for the bird to show up, and that if I had given up after the first week of changing the food out I would have missed this glee. I thought about how being faithful in my actions eventually got me to the goal; feeding and seeing hummingbirds.

What is a big goal you have? Have you given up on something after a couple tries?

Is there something you can continue to be faithful with even though you haven't gotten the outcome you hoped for sooner?

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