Thursday, January 20, 2011

Giving ourselves wings ......

Here is an interesting story my friend Sridhar sent to me and I thought of sharing this with you.

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 by 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 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
the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but
these remain undiscovered. One conforms to the familiar,
the comfortable, the mundane. Life then tends to be
mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling.

Moral of the story, thus, is to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight.

12 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice...there is a great truth in here...off to cut some branches

Debra L. Schubert said...

Magnificent story. I'm going to copy the link and tweet it. You continue to blow my mind and teach such sweet lessons. Thank you, my friend.

jabblog said...

This is a very thoughtful story - a lesson for so many of us to learn.

Sylvia K said...

A fantastic lesson indeed! You always add something brilliant and wise to my day with your stories and I love them. And I thank you so much for sharing them with us. You are a wise and wonderful friend. Thank you! Hope you have a lovely evening!

Sylvia

Sridhar said...

Good Iyer

Darril said...

Thanks for sharing this.. Really Nice story..

kalpana said...

very nice story sir.. it is really necessary to come out of comfort zone to learn something new..
Superliked the story.. thanks for sharing..

nsiyer said...

Brian, I do agree

Debra, Thanks. Trust you have copied the link and tweeted.

Thanks Jabblog

nsiyer said...

Sylvia, great comments and I am flattered.


Thanks Sridhar. You are the cause for this post.

Thanks Darril for coming over.

Oh Kalpana, Thats very tue.

Ankita (Gg) said...

Really nice!

Anahita said...

We all want to live in our comfort zone and resist any attempts to get out of it..thats human psyche! this is very inspiring message..thanks for sharing:)

Ranu said...

Thank you!!! I have been looking for the answer to that since eons...... never found it until right now..... thank you again!!! Flamingoes or no flamingoes flying is great!!!