Eagle or Chicken – How do you Live?

I was going through some of my files recently. You know changing over laptops and since the long weekend was coming up I decided it was time to cull some of my old files. You know one of those jobs that you just seem not to get around to. I found this story that I wanted to share with everyone. It goes like this:

There was a chicken farmer who was a very keen rock climber. One day, climbing a particularly challenging rock face, he came upon a large ledge. On the ledge was a large nest and in the nest, three large eggs. Eagle eggs.

He knew it was distinctly in-ecological, and undoubtedly illegal, but temptation got the better of him and he discreetly put one of the eagle eggs in his rucksack, checking first to make sure that mother eagle wasn’t around. Then he continued his climb, drove back to his ranch, and put the eagle egg in the hen house.

That night the mother hen sat on the huge egg, the proudest chicken you ever saw. And the cock seemed pretty pleased with himself too.

In the fullness of time the egg hatched and the baby eagling emerged. It looked around and saw the mother hen. “Mama!” it squawked.

And so it was that the eagle grew up with its brother and sister chicks. It learned to do all the things that chickens do, clucking and cackling, scratching in the dirt for grits and worms, flapping its wings furiously, and flying a few feet into the air before crashing to earth in a pile of dust and feathers. And believing above all things that it was totally and absolutely a chicken.

One day late in its life, the eagle-who-thought-he-was-a-chicken happened to look up at the sky. High overhead, soaring majestically on the thermal currents, flying effortlessly with scarcely a beat of its powerful golden wings, was an eagle.

I really liked this story as at High Performance Coaching and Training we have a saying of “Be your Best:. Are you living like an eagle or a chicken? I don’t know about you but I like to feel like an eagle. I suppose it is all about letting go of your fears and making your decisions on how you want to live your life.

I hope you enjoyed this story

  • September 30, 2016


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