He moa kani ao ia, a pō kau i ka haka

He is a cock that crows in the daytime, but when night comes he sits on a perch.

This ʻōlelo noʻeau (wise saying) is said of a person who brags of what he can do, but when difficulties come he is the first to remove himself from the scene. I just LOVE ʻōlelo noʻeau that have this kind of kaona, or hidden meaning, particularly when I think of several people to whom this might apply. But like most other instances, when I begin to think of other people’s shortcomings, I try to do a self reflection and consider how I “attack” instances of difficulties. So, this ʻōlelo noʻeau becomes an opportunity for self improvement.

It is easy to brag or show off about that which comes easily, those times when your expertise is being put to good use and you are looking good. But to stick around when things are difficult, paʻakikī (hard), therein lies a more effective challenge.  That’s how we actually grow into becoming a more well rounded individual, a model to our keiki and haumāna. Becoming part of the solution rather than being part of the problem is a true indication of leadership and proactive abilities.

Rather than think about how this ʻōlelo noʻeau might apply to others, take this opportunity to look inward, think about how you react in times of difficulty, what choices you make to turn a negative situation into something positive. Don’t be a moa kani ao, a rooster that crows in the daytime, bragging about all of your abilities and accomplishments.

Have a great weekend – I hopena pule maikaʻi!

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