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Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent
falcons from Arabia. They were peregrine falcons, the most
beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds
to his head falconer to be trained.
Months passed and one day the head falconer informed the
king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically,
the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day
it had arrived.
The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to
tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly. He
presented the task to the member of his court, but the next
day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird
had still not moved from its perch. Having tried everything
else, the king thought, "Maybe I need someone more
familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of
this problem." So he told his court, "Go and get a farmer."
In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon
soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his
court, "Bring me the doer of this miracle."
The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood
before the king. The king asked him, "How did you make
the falcon fly?"
With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, "It was
very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where
the bird was sitting."
We are all made to fly -- to realize our incredible potential
as human beings.
But instead of doing that, we sit on our branches, clinging to
things that are familiar to us.
The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain
undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable,
the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre
instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling...
Let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and
free ourselves to the glory of flight!
I received this story and lesson from a friend via email. While
the author is unknown, I thought the lesson was quite relevant,
so wanted to share it with you.