Roger Harty: Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

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I WAS looking at Facebook during the week and up popped an image which for me finally produced the answer to the age old question – Why did the chicken cross the road?

It showed a picture of a chicken in the middle of the road with a word bubble over her head (I use the feminine as it is a hen!). The word bubble simply said “I have my reasons” end of story.


For some reason that image of the chicken in the middle of the road and the word bubble reply registered and struck a very deep chord with me and I just had to explore why? – this is what I’m doing now.

The bottom line is that the chicken was doing what it wanted to do and felt that she didn’t have to explain herself to anybody and basically ‘sod anybody’ if they cannot accept this – that is their problem!!

You see, we really come to the realisation of the beauty of life if we are prepared to be true to ourselves and are willing and brave enough to travel our own journey as individuals.

We are told we are unique and beautiful, so therefore this ‘uniqueness’ can only come to the fore when we express ourselves in our own individual way whatever the consequences may be.

It is a true gift of life to come to realise this and even more important to put it into practice. Yes I totally agree that we need community and fellowship at an emotional level, but it is so important to believe and travel on our own individual journey.

How often do we come across advice like ‘Be yourself, everyone else is taken’ or ‘Have the courage of your own convictions’

It is only when we do this that our own beauty and diamond like uniqueness begins to shine.

At this stage I suppose when we explore something properly we also have to explore the opposite to make sure we are on the right track.

When we are afraid or curtailed by others from expressing ourselves, what effect does that have on us?

We suppress our beauty and uniqueness which in turn can have lifelong devastating consequences.

Is this not the reason why bullying whether obvious or subtle, comes to the fore and is written about so often in the media and the detrimental effects it can have on both children and adults?

Yes our very brave ‘Chicken’ is a wonderful example of how we should travel our life journey, and dance to our own tune.

As long as we are not inflicting harm on anybody, we can have our own reasons and  ultimately we don’t have to explain ourselves to anybody.

“If you’re explaining you’re losing”. Good on you Chicken.

• Next week I am going to write about –     Why we don’t like taking orders

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