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 thoughts on “The Falcon

  1. Nancy Chan says:

    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!

  2. Barb says:

    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

  3. Marg says:

    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.

  4. Linda says:

    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! 🙂

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