The Buddhist tale that teaches us to overcome our fears to be happy and fly alone

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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How many times have we told ourselves that we want to change our life and habits and how many more have we not done so? Often ours is just a desire to dream and not a real desire for change. We hide behind clichés like: I think about it tomorrow, now is not the time, but I can't do it.



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How many times have we told ourselves that we want to change our life and habits and how many more have we not done so? Often ours is just a desire to dream and not a real desire for change. We hide behind clichés like: I think about it tomorrow, now is not the time, but I can't do it.



All phrases that describe our state of being: maybe something is wrong with love, work, family and yet we are not willing to leave our comfort zone, that place which, although not idyllic, does not make us feel fear and gives stability.

But if on the one hand this can be pleasant, on the other hand it is in summary the way in which we clip our wings by ourselves: we do not try to change for fear of not making it. Instead, we need to think about how happy we could be if we just got rid of our fears and learned to fly with our wings.
Leaving our comfort zone also means taking into account both that a dream can be realized and that there is a small defeat, a failure because so many things in life do not depend only on us.

Trying new experiences, growing up, comparing ourselves with others, also teaches us to get by on our own, without always feeling the need to depend on someone or something. This short Buddhist fable leaves us a great lesson, take a few minutes to read it and think: are you really willing to open the cage and take flight?

The hawk that could not fly

A king received two falcon pigeons as a gift and gave them to the master of falconry for training.
After a few months, the instructor told the king that one of the hawks was educated but did not know what was happening to the other. Since he had arrived at the palace, he had not moved from the branch, to the point where food had to be brought.
The king sent healers and healers, but none could fly the bird. Then he published an edict among his subjects and, the next morning, saw the hawk fly in his gardens.
"Bring me the author of this miracle," he asked.
A peasant appeared before the king. The king asked him:
- How did you get the hawk to fly? You are a wizard?
It wasn't difficult - the man explained. - I just cut the branch. Then the bird realized it had wings and flew away.



What does this fable teach us? That each of us can be the hawk that remains motionless on that branch or finally takes flight. Sometimes we break this branch by ourselves, sometimes we need someone to guide us. Let's make sure that we have the strength to fly and that others are not the ones to clip our wings.

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