The Eagle That Couldn’t Fly

On a hunting trip, Damien got an eagle’s egg. His wife put it together with the hen’s eggs which she had kept for hatching. In due course an eaglet was hatched along with a dozen chicken. All of them grew up under the care of the mother hen, eating grains and worms.

One day, the eaglet noticed a golden eagle flying effortlessly up in the sky. ‘What is that, mom?’ the eaglet asked the mother hen. “Oh, that!” the mother hen replied, “that is a golden eagle. But don’t waste your time looking up at that. We are not meant to fly like that.” Believing that it was only a chicken, it lived and died like a hen without every flying like an eagle.

There is an eaglet hiding in each one of us. We need to wake it up. The most important requirement to achieve this is a strong desire. But the unfortunate part of life is, as Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “Most people go to their graves, with music still in them.” If you want to soar like an eagle, we have to learn the ways of an eagle. If you associate with achievers, you will become one. If you associate with givers, you will become one. If you associate with complainers, you too will become one.

Quote: “Self pity is our worst enemy, and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in the world.” Helen Keller


About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
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