|Against all odds this tiny whisper of a bird flits, hovers and soars at dizzying speeds. Their hearts can beat an astounding 1,260 beats per minute as their wings beat up to 100 times a second. The fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the figure eight pattern of an infinity symbol – justifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity. In Native American cultures a Hummingbird totem is a messenger of hope and jubilation. By drinking flower nectar – a vital part of their nourishment – they also pollinate many plant species that have no other way to reproduce. Amazing migrators, Hummingbirds are known to wing their way as far as 2,000 miles to reach their destination. Hummingbirds need nourishment every few minutes to keep bodies in motion with tireless energy.
We adorn the Hope Tree with their image as a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible – teaching us to find the miracle of joyful living from our present circumstances.
By observing seemingly tireless hummingbirds, we strive to have their endurance as we search for wellness. They remind us to be persistent in the pursuit of our dreams, and adopt the tenacity of the hummingbird in our lives.
Sip by sip, inch by inch we too can find the nourishment we need to sustain ourselves in seemingly impossible circumstances – leaving hope and joy in our wake.