Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Learning the Secret: Are you a Chicken or an Eagle?

I came across a wonderful fable from Anthony de Mello, a man who really seemed to understand the human condition. Well worth the share!

An eagle lays an egg but somehow the egg finds its way into a chicken coup. A chicken incubates the egg with all her others and when it hatches, she rears the eaglet as if it were one of her own chicks. It learns to peck the dust for food, to flap its wings and to strut around the farmyard. One day, an eagle flies by overhead. The little eagle looks up and sees this, and says to himself, ‘I wish I were an eagle – how majestic, how free, how beautiful to be like that and have such a life.’ The eagle lived like a chicken and died like a chicken, because that’s what he thought he was.

You are an eagle, able to fly up to whatever heights you desire. You need to embrace and realise all that you are, and all that you are capable of being. You are here for a reason, and have a purpose to fulfill. Don't die a chicken, reach out your wings, become that eagle and see what height you can reach. You were meant to fly!

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