Chippie's Story

Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second, he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. She had barely said "hello" when Chippie got sucked in. The bird owner gasped, threw down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag. There was Chippie; still alive but stunned.

Since the bird was covered with dust and soot, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom. She turned on the faucet and held Chippie under the running water. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do, she reached for the hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air.

Poor Chippie never knew what hit him. A few days after the trauma, the reporter who had initially written about the event contacted Chippie’s owner to see how the bird was recovering.

"Well," she replied, "Chippie does not sing much anymore; he just sits and stares."

It is not hard to see why. Sucked in, washed up, and blown over. That is enough to steal the song from the stoutest heart. Max Lucado

Chippie’s story is my story and yours. Many of us have been battered, scarred, and left for dead through divorce or sickness, job loss or the death of a loved one. Each one of us has a story. It is one thing when you do not have control over things that happened to you as a child or if you’re an elderly person or someone incapable of fending for yourself. It is another thing when you allow life to happen to you and you don’t take responsibility for your own actions. If you’ve been sucked in, washed up, and blown over, don’t be like Chippie. Rise again and start singing. Shine!

Andrea Dudley

The Hope Coach

Catalyst of Change

Publisher, Speaker & Transformation Specialist

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”—Mark Twain

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