A king received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. After a few days the king noticed that one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, but 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 members of his court, but the bird would not move from its perch. 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 get a farmer.”
In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the second falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.”
The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?”
The farmer said, “It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.”
We are all made to fly, to realise our incredible potential as human beings. But we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but 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 destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to fly.”
(From the Book “Why walk when you can fly”)