The Honeyeater has a special brush-tipped tongue which is used to help it collect nectar from flowers. The contribution to the bird's diet is repaid by helping with the pollination of the plant. The message of the Honeyeater is to be aware of what I nourish myself with, so that what is produced is beneficial instead of harmful. Instead of allowing my thoughts to run free in my brain, I need to be aware of what I'm allowing to roam around there. I can use the mnemonic "THINK" to check them out:
T ~ Is it true? Is it accurate, factual information, or is it just hearsay or my opinion?
H ~ Is it helpful? Will this benefit everyone involved or just me?
I ~ Is it inspiring? Will this encourage or discourage others?
N ~ Is it necessary? Will harm come to someone if I don’t speak or act? Will an opportunity for good be missed?
K ~ Is it kind? Are the words I say chosen carefully and compassionately? Are my actions considerate and respectful?
Some of my thoughts and words need to be fenced in rather than let out to graze in the pasture.