Friday, July 15, 2011

The eagle that lived and died as a chicken

A baby eagle became orphaned when something happened to his parents. He glided down to the ground from his nest but was not yet able to fly. A man picked him up. The man took him to a farmer & said, “This is a special kind of barnyard chicken that will grow up big.”

The farmer said, “Don’t look like no barnyard chicken to me.” “Oh yes, it is. You will be glad to own it.” The farmer took the baby eagle and placed it with his chickens. The baby eagle learned to imitate the chickens. He could scratch the ground for grubs and worms too. He grew up thinking he was a chicken.

Then one day an eagle flew over the barnyard. The eagle looked up and wondered, “What kind of animal is that? How graceful, powerful, and free it is.” Then he asked another chicken, “What is that?” The chicken replied, “Oh, that is an eagle. But don’t worry yourself about that. You will never be able to fly like that.”

And the eagle went back to scratching the ground.

He continued to behave like the chicken he thought he was.
Finally he died,
never knowing the grand life that could have been his.
Author unknown

From the first time I read this story and I could not help but wonder which potentials and/or abilities I have that I have not discovered. Join me in this journey to get empowered to look up and step up and be all God has ordained me to be. 

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