A man once found an eagle’s egg and put it in the nest
of a barnyard hen. The eagle hatched and grew up with the rest
of a brood of chicks and though he didn’t look at all the same.
He scratched the earth for worms and bugs and played the chicken’s games.
The eagle clucked and cackled, he made a chicken’s sound;
He thrashed his wings, but only flew some two feet off the ground.
That’s high as chickens fly, the eagle had been told.
The years passed and one day when the eagle was quite old.
He saw something magnificent flying very high
And making great majestic circles up there in the sky.
He’d never seen the likes of it. “What’s that?” he asked in awe,
While he watched in wonder at the grace and power he saw.
“Why that’s an eagle,” someone said, “He belongs up there, it’s clear.
Just as we, since we are chickens, belong earthbound down here.”
The old eagle just accepted that, most everybody does.
And he lived and died a chicken, for that’s what he thought he was.
Moral of the story: Don’t listen to people when they say you can’t do something. Try it and find out if you really are an Eagle.