The Falcon

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.

Months passed, and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly.

He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch.

Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.”

In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.”

The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?”

With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, “It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.”

“We are all made to fly — to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But at times we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, and the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling. Let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight!”

Image Credit: Birds Gallery

  52 comments for “The Falcon

  1. December 1, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Hi Sandee, this is a very good post. It is so true that most of us tend to cling to familiar things and dare not go forth into the unfamiliar areas for fear of the unknown. I used to be one of them. I thank God that I am more or less set free to explore many unknown areas and there is much more to explore out there. Have a lovely Tuesday!

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

      It's a normal process to hang onto what's comfortable. 🙂

  2. December 1, 2015 at 1:46 am

    This is such a great post! Thank you for sharing it!

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

      You are most welcome Lauren. 🙂

  3. December 1, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Sometimes you really do have to cut the branch. 🙂

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

      Yes if you want to grow in different ways. 🙂

  4. December 1, 2015 at 3:26 am

    Nice post Sandee and so true too I am a bit like that heheh!

    Have a unknowntastic day :-h :-f :-f :-f

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

      I think we all are Steve. Quite normal. 🙂

  5. December 1, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Wow. Thank you.

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

      You're most welcome. 🙂

  6. December 1, 2015 at 4:51 am

    So true 🙂

  7. December 1, 2015 at 5:16 am

    But I like my little branch. My branch makes me happy. Why do I have to leave my happy little branch just to make the king happy? 🙂

    big hugs xoxo

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:19 am

      You can stay on your little branch. If you're happy, and you are, then you're doing what you need to do. 🙂

  8. December 1, 2015 at 5:27 am

    Yep, we all need to spread our wings and fly…but always come back home.

    Big hugs, honey…

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Yes, there is no place like home. 🙂

  9. December 1, 2015 at 6:29 am

    What a good lesson. It is hard to give up that branch of security but it is a good idea. Thanks Sandee. Sandee, you and Zane have a really fun day.

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:20 am

      Now and then we need to expand our horizons. 🙂

  10. December 1, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Wow…this is so true!

    Happy December to you!

    • December 1, 2015 at 6:56 am

      Looks like there is competition for the ebook 🙂

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:20 am

      And happy December to you too. 🙂

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

      Competition is a good thing. 🙂

  11. December 1, 2015 at 7:15 am

    This is amazing, Sandee, and very true! So often we cling on to the familiar for fear that we will not be able to handle the unknown, but when we face our fears, amazing things can happen! 🙂

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

      The unknown can be very scary. Sometimes we do need to step out of our comfort zone. 🙂

  12. December 1, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Important lesson in that story. Thanks for sharing it.

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

      You're most welcome Jean. 🙂

  13. December 1, 2015 at 8:22 am

    It's hard to soar like an eagle when you're locked in this damn cage.

    • December 1, 2015 at 10:21 am

      Ha Ha Ha!!!

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

      You crack me up Kismet. 🙂

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Kismet is quite a funny bird. 🙂

  14. December 1, 2015 at 9:19 am

    excellent lesson to be learned! Thanks!

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

      A hard lesson at times, but very rewarding for the most part. 🙂

  15. December 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

    It's so hard to leave the branch though! Great lesson and one we need to remember!

    Happy Tortie Tuesday Sandee!

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:23 am

      It is isn't it. Happy Tortie Tuesday to you too, 🙂

  16. December 1, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Oh my gosh, I love this! I need to print it out and put it over my computer.

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Lately I've been enjoying the gentle reminders about what's important and what's not. 🙂

  17. December 1, 2015 at 10:19 am

    True enough. Cutting the branch or tether that holds us frozen can be really scary, but it's worth it.

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

      It is more than worth it. 🙂

  18. December 1, 2015 at 10:22 am

    You just need to contact the right person. The Farmer must've been the Branch Manager.
    Really great parable Sandee

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

      You crack me up Tony. Branch Manager. 🙂

  19. December 1, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Great moral and smart farmer!

    • December 1, 2015 at 11:24 am

      Yes on both counts Ron. 🙂

  20. December 1, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Wise words. I'm such a creature of habit… I need a reminder like this now and then.

    • December 1, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      So do I cube, so do I. 🙂

  21. Ann
    December 1, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    this is an excellent story. very wise words

    • December 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Yes it is Ann. Fear can hold us back from some wonderful things. 🙂

  22. December 2, 2015 at 6:18 am

    What a great post. I love the message behind this story. It is so true – we often hold ourselves back from often times GREAT things. 🙂

    • December 2, 2015 at 7:45 am

      I know I have Kristi. I just need to remind myself to let go now and then. 🙂

  23. December 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    That is very true. It can be intimidating to step out of our comfort zone.

    • December 3, 2015 at 5:49 am

      Very intimidating to step out of our comfort zone, but ever so rewarding when we do. 🙂

  24. December 3, 2015 at 2:33 am

    Wonderful, a brilliant moral to a story that I thought was going to be a joke. Thanks.

    • December 3, 2015 at 5:50 am

      Sometimes I go for a brilliant moral. Like this day. 🙂

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