Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Prairie chickens and eagles

There is a story from Native American folklore about an Indian brave who came upon an eagle's egg that had fallen unbroken from its nest. Unable to find the nest, the brave put the egg in the nest of a prairie chicken. It was hatched and raised by the brooding mother hen.

The fledgling eagle could not see himself. He could only see the prairie chickens around him, so he scratched and pecked the way they did. He grew up thinking of himself as an earthbound prairie chicken and acting like one.

One day an eagle flew overhead. Something inside him wanted to leap into the air and fly away like the proud and magnificent eagle overhead but, he thought of himself as a prairie chicken. He could not soar like an eagle.

Often people are shackled by their false beliefs about themselves.

Don't you know you are an eagle?

Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.

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