Kill Fear

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 the member of his court, 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 cried out to his court, “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, “Bring me
the doer of this miracle.” The court 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 — to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But instead of doing that, we 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, the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling.
So let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight.

(Source: Book titled Why walk when you can fly?)
Originally post from May-2012 Edition of Islamic Voice

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