Do You Know Robin? Meet Robin.
This wonderful little fellow posed for photos when I was in Ireland. My husband and I were walking some backstreets of Kinsale when we spied this absolutely beautiful little bird. Our cameras were out and quickly engaged.
Today, I decided to identify this beautiful little bird. I searched Google for “a bird with an orange breast and head.” Up popped the result – Robin.
I mumbled something under my breath about Google being stupid. This is not a robin, I thought. Don’t they know what a robin looks like?
Then I dug deeper. Then I felt embarrassed. Thank goodness I was alone in my office when I blushed a 1,000 shades of red.
This is a European Robin. I am familiar with the American Robin. Who am I to tell the entire continent of Europe that they do not know their birds?
So, in typical Charlotte fashion (I am Charlotte) I decided to ponder this misidentification and gross assumption. Let me share my findings:
- Never assume anything! Research whatever you are pondering – and please look beyond social media.
- Be open-minded. With technology today – we have an opportunity to learn and listen to whole new perspectives!
- Tom-ma-to or to-mah-to…does it matter?
- Set you personal biases aside. If you are truly trying to learn, it is best not to have you biases interfere. If you are looking for validation of your beliefs – that is a whole new conversation.
So, what does a bird have to do with it? EVERYTHING! I am praying that the world becomes more open-minded, more exploratory, more willing to listen and learn.
Enjoy my bird photo.