Published on Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00
The way a bird takes flight is truly amazing. They fearlessly leap off without a second of hesitation, drop, spread their wings and soar till they reach their intended destination. Humans have a thing or two to learn from these winged mammals.
No, obviously this does not mean that you should stand on the top of a tall building and hurl yourself off the ledge. You are human, and that’s imminent death, unless by some freak miracle you survive with a few bruises and scratches, which is very highly improbable. I am talking about the philosophical connotation of it. To be able to take a leap of faith towards your goal without trepidation, and keep reaching for it until you have arrived.
Even birds are pushed to learn how to fly. Baby birds are not born knowing how to until they are forced. Since they hatch from their eggs, all the chicks know is that their parents are responsible for bringing grub back to them. Only when the baby birds’ muscle structures have developed that the parent birds teach them the importance of flying. Some parent birds teach their chicks to fly in keeping a distance away from the nest during feeding time, while other parent birds practice tough love and take off, leaving the baby birds to fend for themselves and develop their own flight instincts. For the fledglings to survive, they have to take their first fall, followed by many more until they get the hang of flying.
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius
Push yourself to fly. Allow yourself to take a few hard falls while trying and get back up again. Try and try until you have perfected the art. If you give in to fear and abandon taking risks, you will never be able to reach your goals. In risk, we can achieve great things. The time for taking baby steps is over. So spread your wings and soar.