Happy Presidents Day!
A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.
All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.
Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
The old eagle looked up in awe. “Who’s that?” he asked.
“That’s the eagle, the king of the 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, for that’s what he thought he was.
This story from Song of the Bird
illustrates that people can live their entire lives with a set of fixed traits and beliefs; and the sad truth is that many will leave this earth without ever knowing what their true potential was.
For every Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Einstein, Hemingway and Rockefeller of the world, there were countless others who were given a bad hand from birth, never got lucky, or never even tried to live to their true potential.
While some variables are out of our control, to stay true to ourselves we have to take risks and grab the opportunities that present themselves. We have to fail and get back up and do it all over again. We have to do these things to discover our true identity so we don’t die a 🐔
And on that bombshell, cheers to another great week ahead!