Chicken Living or the Soul

Consider the following parable by Anthony de Mello in the book “Song of the Bird”

A man found an eagle’s egg and put it in a nest of barnyard hens.

The eagle hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.

All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarecely a beat of its strong golden wings.

The eagle looked up in awe. “What’s that?” he asked.

“That’s the eagle the king of the birds” said his neighbor. “He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth – we’re chickens.” So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.

Some Questions

1. What is it that you think you are? How does that limit you or let you wake up to who you really are?

2. How can you realize your own “eagle” nature in a world that keeps wanting you to conform to its view of what you should be?

So what can you imagine for yourself?

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About cedricj

I am a licensed psychologist and management consultant and have always been intrigued by how leaders can inspire people in their organizations. The bottom line is that people are not always motivated by material rewards, the use of the carrot or the stick, fear and intimidation,and command and control, Five human needs inspire and drive us. Kristine S MacKain, Ph.D and myself describe these inspirational forces in our book "What Inspirational Leaders Do" (Kindle 2008)
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