Everything in life serves as a metaphor, if we choose to look at it that way. Those chickens represented something unexpected showing up in our day. We could have chosen to just enjoy it and watch them run off to the next yard. Or we could have been annoyed by the disturbance, as they were making quite a fuss. Or we could have done what we did, which was to engage and do the best we could for the chickens (in this case, to contain them). And in the end, doing just that saved their lives.
What do you do when the unexpected shows up in your life? Often, we complain. We take it as a personal affront to the "smooth" flowing of our day. Or we think it's nothing to do with us and try and ignore it. But we can also choose to engage. We can choose to look at the situation and see where some action or response on our part might help.
You never know when something you do is going to make a difference in someone else's life. Our catching those chickens saved their lives. We knew we were helping them by cooping them up so they wouldn't run into the street and possibly be hit by a car, but we hadn't anticipated an even more immediate and certain danger, that of a hungry fox.
Sometimes life sends us the unexpected because it's a call to action for us, a chance to make a difference. We often get caught up in making a difference in a "big" way, but we never know the end effect (if there is one) of just one "small" action. When you save one life, you've saved a thousand. The thing is, sometimes just a small act of kindness can actually save a life. And sometimes all it takes to do that is a nice word or a smile.
So the next time something unexpected shows up to disturb my day, no matter how small and annoying it appears to be, I'm going to think about those chickens. And I'm going to know that every action I take can somehow make a difference that I can't foresee. Life is good, and we're all in it together. And that's what it's all about.
Wisdom from a chicken. Who knew?