A Brown Pelican in flight, seen from underneat...

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Three pelicans were flying to a popular lake.

As they traveled, they were each lost in thought.

The first pelican thought to himself, “I love my beak.  It’s magnificent.  No other bird has a beak quite like mine.  When I get to the lake, I’m going to parade along the bank, showing off my beautiful beak and all of the other birds will be jealous.”

The second pelican thought to himself, “I love my beak and I need to protect it.  I can’t afford for it to get damaged, so I’m going to only catch small fish in shallow waters.  I know that I can do more, but it’s too risky.”

The third pelican thought to himself, “I love my beak.  It’s a beauty and I’m going to push the limits and get the most out of it.  I’m going to become the best catcher of fish in the lake.  I’ve been given this beak for a reason, so I’m going to work hard and catch the biggest fish out there.”

We’ve all been given unique talents, experiences and attributes for a reason.

Not to show off that we have them.

Not to do the bare minimum with them.

But to fully develop them and use them to their maximum capacity.

We are each here to make a positive difference to the world around us and are all equipped for the task.

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