3 Lessons Turkeys Can Teach Us About Life

Updated on August 10, 2018
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With a Ph.D. in psychology and a passion for animals, FlourishAnyway knows animals can teach us more about living healthy, fulfilling lives.

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Although many people think of turkeys as stupid animals, this is untrue.  Their reputations have been unfairly earned because of an inherited neurological disorder, tetanic torticollar spasm.  It causes staring at the sky for up to a minute.
Although many people think of turkeys as stupid animals, this is untrue. Their reputations have been unfairly earned because of an inherited neurological disorder, tetanic torticollar spasm. It causes staring at the sky for up to a minute. | Source

Word Association Game

Let's play a fun word association game, okay? When I say "TURKEY," you say the first thing that comes to mind.

Alright, are you ready? Here goes ... "TURKEY!"

And you said ...

STUFFING? How could you say that? Let's try again.

SANDWICH? Seriously, is that all you can offer? You have one more chance.

DELICIOUS? Okay, people, this is clearly not what I had in mind.

Let's move on. You have ruffled the feathers of my good natured turkey friends.

They were generously prepared to share their life lessons with you, only to hear that you want to roast them up and serve them for dinner. Sheesh. Put those forks away and listen up!

He Ain't No Dumb Cluck

Pluck the four "fowl" habits of negative thinking from your life.  Tell the world who you are instead of the other way around.  "Wattle" you define yourself as?
Pluck the four "fowl" habits of negative thinking from your life. Tell the world who you are instead of the other way around. "Wattle" you define yourself as? | Source

Lesson 1: Don't Let Others Define You

Many people think of turkeys as stupid birds who live a short and humble life. Then they end up on a Thanksgiving table, only to linger in a variety of leftovers.

But the truth is that these birds are not dim-witted. Turkeys have unfairly earned their reputations as the dum-dums of the bird world because they have inherited a neurological condition called tetanic torticollar spasms.

Brought about by loud sudden noises, these spasms prompt turkeys to stare skyward for up to a minute—even in the rain—before they resume their normal posture. And it is untrue that turkeys will look up in a rainstorm so long that they will drown.

What a misunderstanding!

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Life is a journey of your own making.  Show the world who you are and strut that stuff.  Go ahead, now. You know you can!
Life is a journey of your own making. Show the world who you are and strut that stuff. Go ahead, now. You know you can! | Source

Tell the World Who You Are Instead of the Other Way Around

There's a lesson in this unfortunate turkey disparagement: You can't let others tell you who you are. Other people may misjudge you. They also have a variety of motives. You must instead define yourself.

Life is a journey of your own creation, and you must mold your own identity. You are not your flaws, your failures, disabilities, or the assumptions others have about you. You are not merely your demographics or personality characteristics. And how you earn your living is not who you are as an individual.

For guidance on self-identity, listen to your inner voice—your values, aspirations, your potential. Don't let others write your script for success.

Tell the world who you are, instead of the other way around.

Did You Know?

Male turkeys, or jakes, grow bristles call "beards" that extend from the center of their chest down several inches. About 5% of hens also do.

Banish stinkin' thinkin'.  Life is just too short to waste time with it.
Banish stinkin' thinkin'. Life is just too short to waste time with it. | Source

Banish the Habits of Negative Thinking

Negative thinkers are those who have made a habit of listening to naysayers and repeating pessimistic messages. They have internalized negative labels assigned to them. "No can do" messages have gobbled up their courage and self-identity.

After being defined by others for so long, negative thinkers need to do some mental house cleaning to rediscover themselves. It's worth the effort.

This turkey has given up negative thinking forever.  He lives in an animal sanctuary!
This turkey has given up negative thinking forever. He lives in an animal sanctuary! | Source

Four "Fowl" Habits of Negative Thinkers

Negative thinkers tend to engage in several habits that bring them down and keep them there.1 Are you guilty? Do you know someone who is?

  • Negative Filtering involves focusing on the negative aspects of a situation. In reality, even the most unfortunate circumstances has something positive, inspirational, or even funny associated with it, if you look hard enough.
  • Personalizing - News flash: not everything is about you. If you tend to look at situations and construct rationales about why you're at fault, you risk bearing way more responsibility than you should. Others have a responsibility for their own actions and well-being, and you have a responsibility for yours. Don't you have enough going on without carrying the burden of other people's worries?
  • Catastrophizing - If you are a "sky is falling" type, you create unnecessary stress in yourself and those around you. Get a grip by imagining this: If and when the worst does happen—and on occasion it might—you will still be okay. Build resilience into the stories you tell yourself by recalling times when you triumphed over negative circumstances. You're still here, right? Then, be proactive in logistically preparing for negative circumstances so that you can weather anything that comes your way. ("Expect the best, plan for the worst.")
  • Dichotomous Thinking - If you're someone who engages in all-or-nothing thinking (e.g., "that's pure genius" or "what an absolute disaster"), you risk depression. This style of rigid thinking is associated with perfectionistic tendencies. Strive to more realistically see shades of grey, rather than perceiving everything as black or white. The way you describe your world is a reflection of how you feel about yourself.

If you engage in these "fowl" habits, work hard to pluck them out of your life. Rather than letting the world define you, embrace the power of positive thought in building your identity.

"Wattle" you define yourself as?

Faces That Only a Mother Could Love

Turkeys are groundnesting birds and thus depend on their mothers until they can fly.  Mama hens issue orders to hide, scatter, or return, and the babies listen to her commands.  Their lives depend on it.
Turkeys are groundnesting birds and thus depend on their mothers until they can fly. Mama hens issue orders to hide, scatter, or return, and the babies listen to her commands. Their lives depend on it. | Source

Lesson 2: Listen to Your Mother

We're so accustomed to seeing photos of turkeys packed wing-to-wing in factory farm warehouses that we may not realize they have close relationships with their mothers, if given the chance. Or that they even have mothers.

Wild turkeys brood their young, called "poults." They shelter them under their wings at night for warmth and during the day as necessary for comfort.

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"Eggscellent" Communicators

As groundnesting birds, turkeys are devoted and attentive mothers. Young turkeys rely exclusively upon their mothers for about the first month until they learn to fly.2

Turkey hens and their poults have well developed communication which begins when the mother clucks to her young while it is still in its egg.3 When first hatched, the poult imprints on its mother (or the first moving thing that it sees). When separated from her, he or she cries out in distress.

If Mama Turkey senses danger, she issues a vocal command to her young to hide or scatter. Her offspring obey perfectly, staying hidden until she provides the "all clear" signal. What human children listen that well?

These boys are out looking for adventure.
These boys are out looking for adventure. | Source

The Wisdom of the Ages

Mother knows best and father, too. That's because with age often comes wisdom. Take a clue from turkeys and listen better to the wise old birds.

Distinct from IQ, wisdom is the accumulation of applied knowledge and life experience. Wisdom is a positive predictor of life satisfaction and is independent of physical health, socioeconomic status, and the physical and social environment.4

According to wisdom researcher Robert Sternberg, Ph.D., wise people learn through life experience that the following five beliefs are errors in thinking.5

These Five Fallacies of Foolishness inhibit wise choices and actions (see table below). They separate the wise from the rest of the flock.

What Separates the Wise from the Rest of the Flock: 5 Fallacies of Foolishness

Fallacy
Meaning
Unrealistic Optimism
Believing that your thoughts, ideas, and actions can produce only positive results.
Egocentrism
Believing that your priorities and opinions should come first in decision making, no matter the consequence.
Omniscience
Believing that you know more than others around you and therefore do not need to heed anyone's advice.
Omipotence
Believing that your intelligence and education somehow make you all-powerful.
Invulnerability
Believing that you can do whatever you want without the possibility of failure or repercussions.

Listen to Those Who Have Hatched Before

So don't be a dumb cluck. Listen to those who have hatched before you, those wise old birds who have had their tail feathers ruffled and survived the scuffle. Listen to those who have brooded, feathered their nest with failure and success, and have lived to tell about it. With any luck, you'll become one of them.

Own It! Show the World Your Self-Confidence

Don't worry, baby, we got this! Let's strut our stuff! Wooo-hooooo!
Don't worry, baby, we got this! Let's strut our stuff! Wooo-hooooo! | Source

Lesson 3: Have the Confidence to Strut Your Stuff

Turkeys know the value of self-confidence. Strutting is the turkey's way of confidently showing off. The behavior has been observed in poults as young as a day old and sometimes even in hens (typically in response to aggression from others).

The turkey's strut is both a sexual display performed by male gobblers as well as a show of intimidation.6 While you don't need to bully anyone, there's value in proudly letting others know you've got it.

You Don't Look Your Best Without Makeup Either!

This old gal's got game!
This old gal's got game! | Source

Believe In Yourself

Research supports the benefits of believing in yourself—both in specific, momentary circumstances and more generally.

Here are some examples:

  • Self-confidence enhances performance in competitive sports, particularly for men and high-standards competition.7
  • Confidence in one's ability to quit smoking predicts actual success.8
  • Low self-esteem predicts depression and anxiety (not the other way around).9
  • In patients with chronic disease, self-esteem predicts perceptions of symptom severity and frequency, the degree of physical pain, psychological distress, and greater functional limitations.10
  • Self-esteem predicts job satisfaction, job success, and lower levels of uncivil and deviant work behavior.11 (Should companies be hiring, in part, for this?)

People who are higher in self-esteem are generally more direct in communication and more tolerant of criticism. They don't try too hard to satisfy others and take more risks that result in learning opportunities.

So go ahead and strut your self-confidence! Show the world you've got it going on! After all, if you don't believe in yourself, how can you expect others to?

He's a wise old bird.
He's a wise old bird. | Source

Fake It Until You Make It

What if you're not quite there yet with your self-assurance? In that case, fake it until you make it. The old adage is true, according to psychological research. Act like you have the world by the gizzards.

Why? Overconfidence presents an image of competence, and other people are effectively persuaded by it. Call it the "Kim Kardashian effect." Self-promotion and belief in your own abilities can indeed make you more successful.13 In the workplace it also does not harm you from climbing the career ladder.

Just do the rest of us a favor and continue to work at backing up your strut with some substance.

Turkey Laugh Track: There's One In Every Crowd

Talking Turkey: Facts & Giblets

  • A group of turkeys is called a "rafter."
  • Wild turkeys can fly at speeds of up to 55 mph (88.5 kph). Domestic turkeys do not fly.
  • An adult turkey typically has 5,000-6,000 feathers on its body.
  • You can tell the sex of the turkey from its poop. Males poop J-shaped turds, and females poop in spirals or curly Qs.
  • Turkeys can run as much as 12 mph (19.3 kph).
  • Giblets are a culinary term for the heart, liver, gizzard, and neck.
  • Wild turkeys prefer to sleep perched in trees to protect themselves from coyotes, foxes, raccoons, and other predators.
  • Ben Franklin, famous for unsuccessfully advocating that the turkey be adopted as America's national symbol, dissed the eagle: "...he is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly...like those among men who live by sharping and robbing...he is generally poor, and often very lousy."12

You're Destined for Greatness ... Not Dinner

Wouldn't you rather have ham instead?  Or a peanut butter sandwich?
Wouldn't you rather have ham instead? Or a peanut butter sandwich? | Source

Summary in an Eggshell: Life Lessons from Turkeys

  • Don't let others define you. Pluck the four "fowl" habits of negative thinking out of your life and proclaim to the world who you are.
  • Listen to your mother and those who have hatched before you. Old birds apply their knowledge and life experience, and if you listen well one day you can, too. The 5 Fallacies of Foolishness separate the wise from the rest of the flock.
  • Strut! Behave like you've got the world by the gizzards, even if you have to fake it until to make it. Confidence promotes an image of competence and produces success. (Just keep working on your actual abilities, too, please.)

Notes

1Fishman, Joanna. "Positive Psychology: The Benefits of Living Positively | World of Psychology." Psych Central.com. Accessed November 22, 2013. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/03/11/positive-psychology-the-benefits-of-living-positively/.

2Davis, Karen. "A Mother Turkey and Her Young - “Their Kind and Careful Parent”." United Poultry Concerns. Last modified 2007. http://www.upc-online.org/winter07/mother.html.

3Vermont Fish & Wildlife. "Eastern Wild Turkey Fact Sheet." Last modified 2013. http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

4Ardelt, Monika. "Wisdom and Life Satisfaction In Old Age." Journal of Gerontology 52, no. 1 (1997): 15-27. Accessed November 21, 2013. http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/ardelt/Wisdom_and_life_satisfaction_in_old_age.pdf.

5Jordan, Jennifer ., and Robert J. Sternberg. "Wisdom In Organizations: A Balance Theory Analysis." SAGE. Accessed November 22, 2013. http://www.sagepub.com/upm-data/15385_Chapter_1.pdf.

6Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. "Wild Turkey Biology FAQs." Pennsylvania Game Commission. http://www.pgc.pa.gov/Wildlife/WildlifeSpecies/Turkey/Pages/TurkeyBiologyFAQ.aspx.

7Woodman, Tim, and Lew Hardy. "The relative impact of cognitive anxiety and self-confidence upon sport performance: a meta-analysis." Journal of Sports Sciences 21, no. 6 (2003): 443-457. Accessed November 22, 2013. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0264041031000101809.

8Gwaltney, Chad J., Jane Metrik, Christopher W. Kahler, and Saul Shiffman. "Self-efficacy and smoking cessation: A meta-analysis." Psychology of Addictive Behaviors 23, no. 1 (2009): 56-66. Accessed November 21, 2013.

9My Mind Expert. "The Negative Effects Of Low Self-Esteem On Life." Last modified September 21, 2013. http://mymindexpert.com/self-esteem-self-confidence/the-negative-effects-of-low-self-esteem-on-life/.

10Juth, Vanessa, Joshua M. Smyth, and Alecia M. Santuzzi. "How Do You Feel? Self-esteem Predicts Affect, Stress, Social Interaction, and Symptom Severity during Daily Life in Patients with Chronic Illness." Journal of Health Psychology 13, no. 7 (2008): 884-894. Accessed November 21, 2013. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2996275/.

11Kuster, Farah, Ulrich Orth, and Laurenz L. Meier. "High Self-Esteem Prospectively Predicts Better Work Conditions and Outcomes." Social Psychological and Personality Science 4, no. 6 (2013): 668-675. Accessed November 22, 2013. http://uorth.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/kuster_et_al_2013_spps.pdf.

12Melina, Remy. "8 Terrific Turkey Facts." LiveScience.com. Last modified November 18, 2011. http://www.livescience.com/17057-turkey-facts-thanksgiving.html.

13Szalavitz, Maia. "How Overconfidence and Paranoia Become Self-Fulfilling Prophecies." TIME. Last modified August 22, 2012. http://healthland.time.com/2012/08/22/how-overconfidence-and-paranoia-become-self-fulfilling-prophecies/.

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        10 months ago from USA

        Poppy - Thanks for stopping by. These lovely animals don't get the respect they deserve, just as many people do not. Have a terrific week!

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        Poppy 

        10 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        Truly underrated creatures! What a lovely and detailed hub. It seems we have a lot to learn from the animal kingdom, though of course we humans are part of the animal kingdom ourselves.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        Alun - Glad you've learned a little and gained a bit of optimism, too. We have but one life and there's no sense in being glum. Thank you for reading!

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        Greensleeves Hubs 

        2 years ago from Essex, UK

        Fun idea Flourish with some nice metaphors, puns and analogies thrown in, together with a serious message. I must admit I'm one of those who could definitely benefit from a less negative attitude - perhaps my three words to describe myself would be 'regretful, disheartened, pessimistic' - but maybe I should follow your advice and swap those for 'contented, rejuvinated, optimistic'! After all, a turkey has every reason to feel optimistic about the year ahead (well leastways in the immediate aftermath of Thanksgiving in America or Christmas Day here in the UK).

        A unique approach you've adopted here. And in no other article in print or on the Internet have I ever learned about the sexual dimorphism of turkey poop :) Alun

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 years ago from USA

        Peggy - Glad you learned something! Thanks for sharing.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 years ago from Houston, Texas

        My great aunt and uncle raised turkeys on their farm in the early 1900s in North Dakota. I never realized that a group of turkeys is called a rafter. You have certainly covered a number of subjects in this hub using turkeys as a common denominator. Great job! Sharing.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Glenn - They are beautiful animals in their own way. I enjoy them immensely. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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        Glenn Stok 

        3 years ago from Long Island, NY

        This was a delightful hub to read. I could relate because I live in an area where we have wild turkeys in the woods behind my house.

        I especially could see the connection with your second lesson: Listen to your mother. I see them roam around in close families and the kids are always closely watching what "Mom" is doing so they follow along.

        I also see how strongly they "Show the World Their Self-Confidence" as you mentioned. I see them taking their daily walks with no cares in the world.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Suzette - Thanks for reading. Glad you enjoyed gobbling this up.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        MelRootsNWrites - Thanks for reading and commenting. I enjoyed your story about the motorcyclist and wild turkeys!

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        Suzette Walker 

        3 years ago from Taos, NM

        Such an entertaing and humorous write. We certainly can learn from the animal kingdom. Enjoyed reading this clever and unique hub.

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        Melody Lassalle 

        3 years ago from California

        Wonderful article! I didn't realize turkeys could be so interesting and that we could learn so much from them.

        Incidentally, where I live humans have been encroaching on wild turkey territory and thus, we find them more and more in our suburban neighborhoods. It has lead to some scary and funny encounters for people. You don't mess with wild turkeys as one motorcyclist found out as they surrounded him and wouldn't let him leave a parking lot. LOL

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Linda - My uncle has a pet turkey and they are very sweet and gentle animals. Maybe some of the close-ups are a little off-putting but they really have personality! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Heidi - Thanks for sharing and for stopping by. Better to have the world by the gizzards than the other way around. Have a great weekend!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Bobbi - I'm glad a camera is the only thing you use to shoot them with. Bless you ... and them. May them live to see another Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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        PurvisBobbi44 

        3 years ago from Florida

        Hi,

        I lived where wild turkeys visit and roost on my Rodeo, and I see them cross the cow pastures into the pines. I am an animal lover therefore, I never tell anyone where I see them.

        I took pictures and posted them on my Google+ to share.

        Thanks for writing this hub it was great to read and share.

        Bobbi Purvis

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        Heidi Thorne 

        3 years ago from Chicago Area

        Got the world by the gizzards (*snickering*). Loved this hub when it first came out! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, sharing it again.

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        3 years ago from Orlando, FL

        He ain't no dumb cluck!!! LOL I'm not a fan of turkey but I sure gobbled this hub up! I've been known to get broody every now and then :)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 years ago from USA

        Audrey - Thank you for the kind kudos and the share!

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        Audrey Howitt 

        3 years ago from California

        Clever, entertaining, meaningful--and timely!!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Glenn - What a wonderful comment. I wish I lived in a place where I could see wild turkeys up close in their natural environment. Thank you for reading and sharing your delightful experience!

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        Glenn Stok 

        4 years ago from Long Island, NY

        I love the way you used analogies to relate lessons that we can learn from things that turkeys do. Your hubs title caught my attention because I happen to have wild turkeys that roam though my backyard. Although I never caught one staring at the sky, I have noticed many other habits that you had mentioned.

        Many times I see them coming by as a family with children. And I notice how the young ones seem to obey the parents. I have also caught them running at high-speed many times. I guess that could be about 12 miles an hour as you had mentioned.

        As for the lessons, it's so true that we should focus on what we are successful with. The turkeys do that all the time. Two years ago we had a major hurricane and I thought the turkeys would be killed. I don't know what they did to survive but after the storm they all reappeared.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Rajan - Thanks for the kind kudos!

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        Rajan Singh Jolly 

        4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

        I just loved the way you led us on to a great message by bringing on the much touted as dumb turkey to hold center stage.

        Excellent write, Flourish. Voted up.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Audrey - Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        Audrey Howitt 

        4 years ago from California

        Entertaining hub, but also full of truth!!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Victoria - Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by.

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        Victoria Van Ness 

        4 years ago from Fountain, CO

        Your articles are so precious. I love the buoyancy, life and sheer creativity that is readily seen in every article you write. Very nice job!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Thanks, Writer Fox. We all create our own identities, realities, and paths in life. I love being able to invent and reinvent myself every few years just to keep things fresh.

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        Writer Fox 

        4 years ago from the wadi near the little river

        Extraordinary philosophies are buried in here. I really like this one: "Life is a journey of your own creation." Voted up and pinned.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Bob - "Loyal, outgoing & flexible" is a great combination. I'm glad to know you. I love the story of your hen turkey and her poults. They must be very thankful for you & your loyal feeding. I bet it's been quite rewarding to watch them grow up.

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        Bob Bamberg 

        4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

        What a great way to learn some of life's valuable lessons! You really make learning fun, FlourishAnyway. If I were to select three words that define me, I would choose: loyal, outgoing and flexible.

        I've got a stand-alone bird feeder on my deck, and since July, a hen turkey and her three poults have been coming up onto the deck (which is 12 ft. off the ground) to feed. The poults were just little puff balls when they started coming, and now they're almost her size. There's one that is her size...I think it's a tom (I'll have to look for the J-turd). They visit 5 or 6 times a day. I hear the hen clucking softly to them frequently.

        One time only two poults came with her, and she was clearly distressed...pacing, calling, hardly feeding. Later on all four were together again. We've been here 16 years and this is the first we've seen turkeys. Voted Up, useful, funny and interesting.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        ladybluewriter - Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad the turkeys could impart some wisdom your way. Have a happy holiday.

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        ladybluewriter 

        4 years ago from United States

        I deem this an awesome hub and keep up the great job of writing informative information. I love it.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        moonlake - How awesome that you have turkeys visit your yard. Not everyone is so lucky! Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great holiday.

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        moonlake 

        4 years ago from America

        Great hub and I agree with all you said. I was taking pictures of the turkeys in our yard yesterday, there was about 8. Have a Merry Christmas.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        CrisSp - Thanks so reading. There's a lot of information sandwiched in there, haha. Glad you could feast on some of it.

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        CrisSp 

        4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

        You are an eggscellent writer! Very creative indeed! I had fun reading it and even went on to play with your teaser intro. Lol!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        vespawoolf - Thanks for reading and commenting. We can each work on being our own biggest fan so that others can appreciate the beauty that exists within. Have a great day!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Heidi - Thanks for the suggestion and encouragement. I love doing the animal hubs, crossing psychology and animal facts. My husband keeps saying "Haven't you done enough of those?" but I really love it and people seem to respond well. Animals are great ways to connect people to one another.

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        vespawoolf 

        4 years ago from Peru, South America

        This Hub was humorous while teaching valuable lessons. I didn't realize how much we can learn from turkeys! I especially appreciate your point that we must believe in ourselves before others will believe in us. So true! Most of us can improve on being more positive, too. Thanks!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        4 years ago from Chicago Area

        Are you thinking of collecting your animal hubs into a book? You should! It would be a winner!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        informationshelte - I like your combination of self-descriptive words! A hub I have in the works in one "bounce-back" or "fight" that some people have and some people don't. Life will throw all kinds of things your way and you have to know how to respond with a fighting spirit. Of course, if you've been more of a giver then in times of trouble I have found that help really comes back your way. Thanks for reading and commenting. I like your style.

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        informationshelte 

        4 years ago

        Hi Flourishanyway,

        While we humans tend to think of ourselves as the smartest creatures on the planet, animals prove that there are a lot of things we can be taught by them. I liked the way you put the example of the turkey under a new light.

        -"Expect the best, plan for the worst".

        This is the One-Million-Dollar hint that will lead anyone to success. However, reading it the other way round, i.e. "Expect the worst, plan for the best" will lead to either lifelong mediocrity and misery or to devastating effects because of overoptimism.

        This an excellent hub that shows the value of creativity, inspiration and innovative thinking. Those values are critical in the journey towards self definition.

        Just like the story of Pygmalion and Galatea http://cmes.arizona.edu/sites/cmes.arizona.edu/fil... we can (and we should) carve our own sculptures that define our self perception.

        Finally, I would describe myself as a:

        1) Giver, 2) Fighter, 3) Coordinator

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Thank you, stuff4kids! I've been on HP for 8 or 9 months and haven't gotten a HOTD, so that would be super! Have a great day!

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        Amanda Littlejohn 

        4 years ago

        I really mean it - I've emailed Christy. I hope to see it as a HoTD. It really deserves it. :)

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        stuff4kids - What an incredibly nice compliment! I appreciate that greatly. Thanks for reading and for your enthusiastic reaction.

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        Amanda Littlejohn 

        4 years ago

        Honey, that is just a fantastic piece of work: beautiful, witty, packed with great information and truly creative. I loved it. This is one to bookmark and come back to again.

        I've started recommending first class hubs to Christy for consideration as HoTD and this is one that will be heading her way just as soon as I wrap up this comment.

        Gave you all the votes and tweeted, too. Bless you! :D

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        prasetio30 - Thanks for visiting and commenting. Turkeys are beautiful in their own way. We all are, aren't we? Have a great day.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Nell - That's so cute! Love it! Hope your Thanksgiving weekend was a good one. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        prasetio30 

        4 years ago from malang-indonesia

        Turkey is one of beautiful animal. I learn many things here, especially about the value of life. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up :-)

        Prasetio

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        Nell Rose 

        4 years ago from England

        lol! I love this! never knew about them staring at the sky! I gobble up all this information, and all that is 'sandwiched' in between the lines...er sorry, its that darn sandwich again! hee hee! this is great! before I wattle on too much I will say four words, voted up and shared! gobble...er, sorry, hickups!

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        Jo Alexis-Hagues 

        4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

        Funny, interesting and strangely inspiring with some brilliant images. Loved it.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        ologsinquito - Thanks for stopping by and for pinning. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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        ologsinquito 

        4 years ago from USA

        I'm pinning this cute and very timely article.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        idigwebsites - Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your feedback. Turkeys are a great source of inspiration if only we'll pay attention. They have a lot to sweat, especially around this time of year.

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        idigwebsites 

        4 years ago from United States

        Really wonderful hub, and uniquely written. Thanks for all the encouragement of building our own self esteem and stressing our individuality in order to be successful in living our lives.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        MsDora - I appreciate your stopping by. They certainly are the Rodney Dangerfields of the animal world.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 years ago from The Caribbean

        What great lessons you have taught us from the life of a turkey. You even helped them gain some respect. Thank you for these wonderful insights.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Eddy - Thanks for stopping by. Have a great Thanksgiving. Glad you learned something from the turkeys.

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        Eiddwen 

        4 years ago from Wales

        A wonderful read; original and so interesting .

        Voted up for sure.

        Eddy.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Diana - Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Bless their hearts, they do have much to teach us.

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        Diana L Pierce 

        4 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

        This is a great topic for Turkey week and good hub. Happy Thanksgiving! Voted up.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Thanks, Bill. Glad you found this funny and enjoyed reading it. Turkeys are smarted than they seem and have great messages regarding self-esteem and other things. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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        Bill De Giulio 

        4 years ago from Massachusetts

        Hi FA. What a great hub. Funny, a great message, and I learned some new things about the turkey. Amazing how we can learn some valuable life lessons from the most unlikely of sources. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc. Have a great weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        kidscrafts - Very cute story! That turkey probably knew that lady had it in for him originally and he never got over it. I'm glad he he met his maker the way he did, bless his grumpy heart.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Liz - Thanks for the nice compliments. Self-confidence is so vital and can make the difference between bouncing back and falling flat. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Why thank you, Suzanne! That sounds like one winning combination. I appreciate your reading. I'm glad I could make you chuckle.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        electronician - Oh my! That's so funny. You are so brave for reading anyhow!

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        kidscrafts 

        4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

        What a wonderful hub, Flourish! You are a very gifted writer! I learned a lot about turkeys today!

        I have a friend from Switzerland who came to work as a nanny in Canada for one year and when she went back to Switzerland, she wanted to have her own turkey in her backyard for the following Thanksgiving .... even if they don't celebrate that in Switzerland ;-) Anyway, my family went to visit her family in Switzerland.... and the turkey was several years old and just huge! They didn't had the courage to kill the turkey so they continued to feed it. On top of it that turkey had a terrible temper! I think that turkey just died of old age!

        Enjoy your weekend!

        Voted up, interesting, funny and awesome!

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        Elizabeth Parker 

        4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

        What an amazing hub on all levels. First, I'm glad I'm a vegetarian and no longer eat turkey! (Well, okay, I might have a bite, but that's it). Second I love the nature of this hub and so very true. I wish it were posted in high schools. Though everyone needs to have a healthy self-esteem, I think students need all of the confidence they can get. Thanks for posting!

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        Suzanne Day 

        4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

        I am 1) a bit of a peacock, 2) cunning and crafty 3) sensitive and caring. What a fantastic read, these animal hubs just get better and BETTER! I used to know someone with a pet turkey and your writing and headings made me laugh heaps. Voted up, shared and pinned!

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        Dean Walsh 

        4 years ago from Birmingham, England

        Ever since being chased at 6 years old on a visit to a farm I have had an irrational dislike of Turkey's. I'm amazed I can learn life lessons by reading a hub about my arch-nemesis!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        brave warrior - Very cute. Hope you're feeling confident in your writing and in yourself, Sha. Let it shine through.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        4 years ago from Central Florida

        Flourish you have chosen a very clever way to remind us to believe in ourselves and be confident in who we are. If turkeys can be confident with gawdawful faces such as theirs, we humans should definitely take heed!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Frank - So nice of you to say. With all these kinds compliments maybe I should go work on my strut. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        DDE - Thank you for the kudos and for your consistent support. We can find life lessons in so many places if only we pause to reflect. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

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        Devika Primić 

        4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Hello FlourishAnyway about Lessons Learned From Turkeys: How To Live Your Best Life this is so well presented with photos and interesting facts. A great lesson to us all and I so enjoy reading your hubs. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        4 years ago from Shelton

        This was awesome even the readers poll I do enjoy checking your hubs because you never disappoint.. and this little series ..love it

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Crafty - You have so much that is strut-worthy so I do hope you'll pluck the negative self-perceptions right out of your life and exude the confidence that is yours. Own it girl. Pick out the brightest feathers and concentrate on those.

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        CraftytotheCore 

        4 years ago

        Great! "Pure Genuis!" LOL But true! We have a flock of wild turkeys that come around here every once in a while. I particularly like watching them with their young ones.

        I've been going through a lot this week. Like seriously. So this Hub spoke to me more than you know! The problem I have is that I do focus on a negative aspect of something. Even though there are positives all around me, I focus on the one bad thing. I do want to change that about myself but it's really hard. Like for example, when I put my best effort in to something and it still goes wrong. I feel like I can't do anything right. I work so hard, and yet it doesn't seem to matter. That's where I need help. Someone else wrote a Hub a while ago about letting go of fear. That's my shortcoming that I definitely need to work on. The fear of failure.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Faith Reaper - Thank you for the kind compliment! It's not real easy to come up with descriptors. You are too generous. I appreciate your support. You are a kind and gentle soul. You have a lovely Thanksgiving with your family as well!

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        Faith Reaper 

        4 years ago from southern USA

        Flourish, I can think of a couple of more words to describe you, brilliant and clever, oh, and oh so funny! Those are three, and I know I have not come up with the three about me! I see the others did not do so either ...

        I just love this hub, and what perfect timing. The photos are amazing.

        Keep these gems coming. I really love your niche about what we can learn from different animals you have highlighted in your excellent and wise series.

        Up and across the board and sharing

        Happy Thanksgiving and blessings to you and yours!

        Faith Reaper

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Jackie - Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        Jackie Lynnley 

        4 years ago from The Beautiful South

        Love your whimsical and comical advice! ^

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 years ago from USA

        Bill, that compliment means an awful lot. I look forward to your lessons from those chickens. I've done cats, dogs, geese/ducks/swans, squirrels, bats, donkeys. They are all wise in their own ways.

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        Bill Holland 

        4 years ago from Olympia, WA

        I think this may be a first. I voted "awesome" on an article about turkeys. LOL Seriously funny and wonderful reflections. Oddly, I am just about to start a new series called 'The Chicken Chronicles" based on lessons learned from our chickens. Stay tuned! In the meantime, keep writing because you are very good at it.

        bill

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