TO SOAR OR NOT TO SOAR
I am particularly fond of this fable. An Indian brave discovered an eagle's egg that had
fallen out of its nest. The brave kindly placed it in a nearby nest, belonging not to another eagle, but to a prairie chicken. Not long after, the eaglet hatched with the brood of newborn chicks and grew up with them.
All its life, this hapless eagle thought itself a prairie chicken, living among his adopted family and flock. It imitated the others, scratching in the dirt for food, clucking and cackling. And when it flew, it was in a brief thrashing of wings and flurry of feathers, rising no more than a few feet off the ground. After all, that's how a prairie chicken was supposed to fly.
Years passed. And the eagle grew very old. One day, it spotted a magnificent bird soaring far above in the cloudless sky, gliding majestically with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
"What a wonderful bird. What is it?" he asked. His prairie chicken brother looked up admiringly and replied, "That's an eagle -- the chief of birds. But don't give it a second thought. You could never be like that." So the grounded eagle never gave it another thought. And he died thinking himself a prairie chicken.
-- How sad, that so many of us never realize our true potential. The purpose of the Eagletter is to awaken the eagle in all of us. Each month (time permitting), we'll publish uplifting ideas, tips, and stories to help us soar.
M * AXIOM * IZERS
Each of us is entitled to health, happiness and success. However, we can only achieve these birthrights by doing something to make them ours. Yes, all that is good is our privilege, but also our responsibility.
Actions do speak louder than words -- people may doubt what you say, but they'll always believe what you do!
You always go where you're looking...so be sure to look where you're going! Only when you plan your life's journey by selecting your destination and charting your course will you be assured of going where you really want to go.
Your body is the vehicle which carries you through life. So keep it well tuned and in the best possible condition -- it's the only one you get to drive!
DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
There's a story about an old farmer who had, for years, plowed around a large rock in one of his fields. He had broken several plowshares and a cultivator on it and had grown rather morbid about the rock.
One day, after breaking another plowshare, he realized that not facing the rock was stupid. Remembering all the trouble the rock had caused him through the years, he finally decided he had enough and was going to do something about it.
When he put the crowbar under the rock, he was surprised to discover that it was only about six inches thick and that he could easily break it up with a sledge hammer. As the farmer was carting away the pieces he realized all the trouble he would have saved himself over the years, had he decided to do something about it sooner
-- What hypothetical rocks do you have in your life that you're avoiding doing something about?