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Sandpipers' meticulous preparation for the non-stop 72 hour journey is very inspiring. Each year sandpipers fly from the Arctic to Johnson's Mills near Dorchester, New Brunswick. They make a vital pit stop here for 2-3 weeks. During this time they double their weight by feeding on various creatures in the Fundy mudflats. This is in preparation for their a non-stop flight to South America lasting 72 hours. This is a beautiful example of endurance, determination, resilience and preparation. These tiny birds are filled with courage and are ready to cover vast distances and face unpredictable challenges.

Mixed media on acid free Arches paper
The Story Behind

"Success is where preparation and opportunity meet." - Bobby Unser

I live close to Johnson's Mills where the sandpipers come annually in large flocks. Even up to 100,000 birds were spotted according to the CBC news article, '100,000 shorebirds spotted in 1 day at Johnson's Mills Shorebird Reserve'. It's an incredible sight watching these birds fly by the hundreds. It's like a large dark cloud drifting away.

For me, the biggest lesson to learn from these birds is that of preparedness. Success in life and in work depends on planning and preparation. Each time I watch these birds I am in awe. I marvel about their resolve. It is incredible how these tiny little birds push the limits of their strength, and endurance to undertake the 72 hour non-stop flight.

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Title: Focus
Medium: Lino cut on Lenox acid free paper
Image size: 12"x12", Paper size: 15"X15.75", Framed: 20"X20"
Year: 2014
This black and white print is a part of the series, "Lessons Learned from Six-year Olds". Each piece is hand-printed by the artist. A portion of the money from the sale of this print is donated to mental health.

Knowing where one wants to go, setting the goal and focusing on it are important in order to succeed. If one can eliminate distractions and stay focused on a single goal, success is not hard to attain. Sometimes it takes a young six-year old to remind us of this. It is based on a true story.  

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