They stood, noses pressed to the glass, watching.
A bit of shell fell off. The egg rolled around the incubator. Then it stilled. Little by little, a crack grew across the top of the egg. More bits of shell fell off.
A minute or two passed with no movement. Several children, also watching, grew bored, wandered to off. My girls, though, strained to see. “Is it moving, Mama?”
After a few minutes, they could see bits of matted down fluff through the translucent parts of the shell. They waited, watching. And then, suddenly, the crack on the top of the egg grew wider.
Over several minutes, the chick emerged from the shell, little by little. Its movements: slow, labored.
I heard one boy ask his dad, “Is it dead?” It looked dead. Its yellow-brown feathers were wet, its neck drooped.
But every few minutes it would move just a little bit more.
The dad kneeled to talk to the boy. “It’s not dead; it’s tired. Hatching is hard work.”
Hatching is hard work.
Becoming is hard work.
Any time you start something new, or look to change your life, the process is the same. You summon a lot of effort and energy to work toward your goal. Sometimes the results are barely perceptible.
You start and stop. You get tired and have to rest along the way. You may feel defeated, look defeated.
If you are intent on the becoming, though, you continue on, however slowly, until you emerge new, changed.
What about when we’re helping someone else emerge? As leaders, we may have the opportunity to help others leaders as they become who they are meant to be. We may be impatient, grow tired of waiting, of watching.
Please remember, hatching is hard work. It takes time. But the time and wait are worthwhile.
We’ve been waiting and watching and we’ve finally spotted the first of the spring crocuses in our yard. Spring is slowly hatching here. I love spring.
This post appeared first at Mountain State University LeaderTalk. I am reposting it here with permission.
I am the founder/CEO of the Weaving Influence team, the author of Reach: Creating the Biggest Possible Audience for Your Message, Book, or Cause, and the host of the Book Marketing Action Podcast. I’m a wife and mom of three kids, and I enjoy running, reading, writing, coffee, and dark chocolate.
What a great video and a great reminder. Your post reminds me of one of my favorite Chinese proverbs: “It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.”
You’re 100% right, changing is extremely hard work. It takes energy, time and patience. A willingness to give room for failure and a persistence that doesn’t give up. What we need to remember though is that hard is not impossible. You’re video and post is a wonderful reminder that life doesn’t happen without struggle.
That’s probably why so many people are distracted, and bored. They quit the struggle and died.
This video made me smile so brightly! Nature has a way of depicting so beautifully the power of perserverance. And what is true of nature, is also true of us. We are designed for growth : )
“Becoming is hard work”.. you’re so right Becky. And the process can be slow, filled with self-doubt, and detractors. But…on the other side of the drudgery and chaos is the satisfaction of a victory won.
Here’s to new beginnings, new adventures, and happy endings!