Sunday, 9 October 2011

Soar high, beyond any fear, for it is your nature to fly:

    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, soaring high in the sky, 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 to himself, "May be I need someone more
    familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem." So
    he cried out to 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

    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 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 the
    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. So let us learn to destroy
    the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight.

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