A story is told of a man who found an eagle’s egg. He put it with his chickens and the mother hens.
Soon the egg hatched. The young eagle grew up with all the other chickens. Whatever the chickens did, the eagle also did. He thought he was a chicken, just like them.
Since the chickens could only fly for a short distance, the eagle also learnt to fly a short distance. He thought that was what he was supposed to do. So that was all that he thought he could do. And that was all he was able to do.
One day the eagle saw a bird flying high above him. He was very impressed. “Who is that?” he asked the hens around him.
“That’s the eagle, the king of the birds,” the hens told him. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we are chickens.
So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.
Moral of the story: Don’t conform – follow your destiny.
Our soul’s yearning, much like the eagle experienced when he saw another eagle soaring, is our call to step into our largesse. We are not meant to live small. Some clues that you may be living too small might be boredom, depression from the repression of yourself, feeling confined and limited, etc. Our natural growth pattern is to expand, to break out of our previously safe boundaries (structures), and if we fail to use our courage to do so, we will feel the consequences. The company we keep can echo our fears, and support our staying safe in limiting ourselves, or they can encourage us to follow our destiny for growth and expansion, and soar to greater heights. When seeking guidance, don’t listen to the tiny-hearted. Clarissa Pinkola-Estes
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