“They are angry with me, because I know what I am.” said the little eagle.
“How do you know that they are angry with you?”
“Because, they despise me for wanting to soar, they only want me to peck at the dirt, looking for ants, with them. But I can’t do that. I don’t have chicken feet, I have eagle wings.”
“And what is so wrong with having eagle wings and no chicken feet?” Asked the old owl.
“I’m not sure, that’s what I’m trying to find out.”
“They hate you because you know that you are an eagle and they want you to think you are a chicken so that you will peck at the ground looking for ants and worms, so that you will never know that you are an eagle and always think yourself a chicken. Let them hate you, they will always be chicken, and you will always be an eagle. You must fly. You must soar.” said the old owl.” ―C Joy Bell C.
It is an amazing thing to have a sense of belonging. The problem is losing our identity in the name of belonging. Most of us are stuck where we don’t belong because we desperately want to belong. The belief that we belong there keeps us there. We don’t remember that belief determines our attitudes which in turn, determines our altitudes. We’ve given away our power of self identity and are stuck with chicken family while we belong with the eagles.
Eagles don’t flock with other birds. They fly at high altitudes alone or with other eagles. They test before trusting, unlike other birds that go for anything. They feed on fresh prey not dead meat like vultures and have strong vision, that they get to spot a target very easily. Targets have to be captured irrespective of the obstacles. Our friends should help us uncover the eagle in us. People who fight against what we want to become should be miles away from us. Let them hate if they want to but don’t lose the self in the struggle to belong.
If they don’t help us become better and achieve our desired dreams then they are not worth keeping. They are not worth referring to as our friends. We should not get stuck in negative comfort zones in the name of friendship. Letting go of what we believe in to keep people in our lives, results in settling for less than we deserve.
Fear is a killer of dreams. It sets unnecessary limits. We fear losing “Our boys or our girls” We don’t want to be alone thus we cling on. We allow unnecessary change in the name of friendship. We don’t get to think of the ultimate end, thus our dreams die. Until when will we kill our dreams in the name of belonging?
It ‘s a high time to know who we are and use our God given potential to soar high, just like an eagle. We should rise higher and join our fellow like minded individuals for that is where we belong. Why fit in while we can stand out?
“We only live once but if we do it right, once is just enough.” – Mae West.