Eagle or chicken?

Let me start with a little parable about an eagle and barnyard chickens by Anthony De Mello:

A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in the nest of a barnyard hen.
The eagle egg hatched along with the brood of chicks and eventually grew up with them.

All it’s life, the eagle did what the barnyard chickens did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects.
He clucked, cackled, would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew into adulthood. One day he saw a magnificent bird high above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful air currents with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.

The eagle looked up in awe. “What’s that?” he asked. “That’s an eagle, the king of birds.” said his neighbor. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth-we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, because that is what he thought he was.

You see, most people believe that they are chickens, while actually they are eagles! Most people do what they are told, never ask questions, bury their dreams, look down and play the chicken game…

So, the question is: are you a chicken or an eagle? Isn’t it time to spread your wings and make majestic circles in the air? What’s keeping you? When is the last time you really dreamed of another life?

Let me tell you, there is an alternative ending to this story:

The eagle looked up in awe. “What’s that?” he asked. “That’s an eagle, the king of birds.” said his neighbour. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth-we’re chickens.” The eagle went through the day thinking of the eagle flying high. The next day the eagle went down to the pond and saw his reflection in the water. He began to test his wings, flying further and further each day. After a few weeks, he was flying high and gliding just as if he were an eagle. He noticed that he looked a lot like an eagle. He realized that he was an eagle. With that thought, he flew above his past and his environment.

So, look in the mirror and see the golden eagle you really are, even if you are unaware of the heights to which you could soar. Even if you have lived like a chicken, you are never too old to claim your true identity. You are far much better than you know! Step up, spread your wings and take action!

Join me up in the blue skies 🙂

Enjoy every day,

Bert Verdonck
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