Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons from Arabia. 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 his court advisers, 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 said to his court advisers, ‘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 advisors, ‘Bring me the doer of this miracle.’

They 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 and to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But instead of doing that, we often 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.

So let us learn to cut the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves for the glory of flight!

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Julia Mitchell is an online professional networker and a coach. Julia coaches and mentors like minded people to succeed in their chosen field and invites you to join with her.

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