Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent
They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he
had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to
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, “Maybe 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.”
Moral Lesson: Sometimes all we need to become the best we can is a little push. Let go of the branch today!