“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush” – Essay

The above is an English proverb expressing warning. The meaning of this proverb is that a bird in your hand is certainly yours, but when you see two more birds in a bush and get tempted to get hold of them. You open both your hands and try to catch the other two birds and ultimately find both the birds flew and the one you caught earlier also flew when you lose your grip.

The proverb means that it is better to focus on things you already have, rather than rushing after things you don’t have and ultimately losing the thing you have. It teaches us not to rush for success. Take simple and easy steps else we end up losing more than what we wanted to gain. One should be careful in every areas of life.

It is advised to appreciate the things you have, do not take it for granted else you may end being a loser. It’s better to have a lesser but certain advantage than the possibility of a greater one that may lead to nothing.

For example in case of a relationship, if a man takes his wife for granted and do not give her time and is always busy with completing projects and getting more work. Then a time may come when his wife lose her interest and file a divorce, and because of all the personal tensions at home the man may not be able concentrate on his work, and ultimately end up losing both his wife and the job.

Similarly in case on cosmetic surgery, many people are opting for cosmetic surgery despite knowing the risk involved.

What is with you right now is more valuable than the things that might seem more valuable but is not yours. It is warning us from taking risk. We find many such proverb expressing a warning such as- “look before you leap”, “Marry in haste, repent at leisure”, All that glitters is not gold”, “The best-laid schemes of mice and men gang aft agley”.

Thus, a person needs to concentrate on things or people he already have in his life, rather than rushing for making new relation or new client as it is said- “ Old is gold”

It is better to use something that is in your hand, rather than taking the risk of getting more and ultimately losing everything. It is better to be satisfied with the things you already have than losing it for something better. For example if a person with little money, instead on using the money for his basic spends his money on buying a lottery ticket. There are greater chances that he ends up losing his money because the probability of winning a lottery ticket is very low.

We find many proverbs contradicting the above such as “Risk little, gain little,” Nothing ventured, nothing gained”

Many people believe in taking risk and they say until and unless you take the risk you will not be successful.

Submitted by : Professor Karali, Category : Good Essays