Eagles and chickens

I was always afraid of abseiling. When I was in school, many of my friends would do hard-core climbing and canyoning etc, but I was so terrified that I’d freeze up as I went over the edge.

A few years ago I was indoor rockclimbing. It was awesome fun! But on the last climb of the day I was just out of reach of the top. It didn’t matter how I stretched, I was still about six inches from the ‘top.

So I jumped.
And I touched the bar.
And then I enjoyed the bouncing on the dynamic safety rope.
In that moment, I knew that the safety eqipment ‘worked’, and I was never afraid again.

If you never let go of the need for approval, suspend your fear of disapproval and live your own life rather than the life that others want you to live, you’ll always be trapped. And if that’s your path, that’s fine… But you can do anything.

Sometimes it seems like you’re like an eagle who has grown up surrounded by chickens… And when you’ve looked up and seen the eagles flying overhead, you’ve sensed that you could be like them, until you’ve listened to the chickens around you telling you that you can’t so much that you almost believe them. You may not yet know to where you are flying or how high you can fly, but you are an eagle.

You always were an eagle, and you always will be.
Of course, maybe we’re all eagles and just acting like chickens… forgetting our true nature.

I was recently given the metaphor of the carrot, the egg and the coffee bean. They’re all very common foods that start out hard. When put in hot water, look at the difference. The carrot becomes soft. The egg becomes hard. And the coffee bean releases itself and changes the environment in which it is placed. When faced with adversity, do I go soft, do I grow hardened, or do I release my true essence and in doing so change the world… transform the challenge into purpose?

3 comments on “Eagles and chickens

  1. I think a test of all different types is a flexible one indeed. If we don’t try each of the personality types, then it is hard for us to cope with them. One of the people I most admire in history is Abraham Lincoln who said “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”. Throughout my life I have related this to the way people think as often people think and act the easy way and believe what is in the majority is the best way to be. For Lincoln and many unconventional people, the ability to challenge the common way has made a difference in our world. Lincoln was an everyday man who split a few rail sleepers to become a Lawyer but found himself of President of the United States. His strength and endurance in handling different personality types and challenges helped place and guide him to the presidency. If we model or take into context some of Lincoln’s experiences, we too can begin to understand how he grew to become what he was and how we can also share similar experiences to flourish in our own lives. Unconventional people have often become inspirational and great thinkers whereas the majority who just go a long with the flow often don’t see the means of diversity and excitement.

  2. I liked this story Daniel. I am most definitely an eagle and I flew the nest many years ago – away from the chickens that were trying to convince me that my wings weren’t really for flying and soaring.

    A few of those chickens are coming to my house for a visit this month. Do you think I can convince them that they’re realy eagles too? 😉

  3. Their visit could be an adventure! I don’t believe that we can argue with chickens; we instead are called upon to be examples of what is possible. Eagles flying overhead inspire those chickens that are ready to have the courage to take flight, though not to peck around the dirt with the chickens lest they forget themselves, nor to try to impose ‘eagleness’ upon the chickens. You’ll probably fail, they won’t appreciate your efforts, and there is a great risk that they’ll be left pecking the ground, remembering that they’re eagles, but too afraid to test out their wings.

    Instead of argument, I believe that we are called to come from a place of love.

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