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Elevate Your Thoughts

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐.
All that we achieve and all that we fail to achieve is a direct result of our ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐ฌ.

Eagles and Crows.

Consider this short story by Vernon Howard, about a community of eagles that lived on a beautiful mountain range.
“The eagles were happy and found an abundance of food in surrounding woods and streams. Their days were spent in lofty soaring in the beautiful blue sky, high above the world. But down on the dry prairie, there dwelt a band of devious crows. The crows had access to a low grade of corn in glittering packages. They looked for unsuspecting travellers who they could get to eat the corn.
Now the eagles were smart enough, but careless at times. Though they were cautious at first, the corn looked pretty good. Besides, it saved the effort of hunting. So, the eagles soared less and less and began dropping down to the crows’ cornfields more and more. Of course, the less they flew, the less they felt like flying. Growing weak in their wings, they began to believe that they were meant to be down on the ground with the crows.
But there was one eagle who sensed that something was not right. Besides, the corn didn’t really taste as good as the crows said it would. When he tried to persuade his eagle friends to return to the mountains, the crows ridiculed him. Believing the crows, the eagles shunned their former friend.
Growing tired of it all, the lone eagle studied himself carefully. He tried his wings, and something deep inside told him he belonged in a higher place. So off he flew, back to the mountains. Then from dawn to dusk, he soared over his beautiful world, free to be what he was always meant to be – an eagle.”

Your Thoughts

In our personal life, we can all be affected by many blinding influences.
If we are not careful, we can be deceived by false beliefs and teachings spread by millions of “devious crows.โ€
They are able to convince many to take the “easy street”.
But all of us are really ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ.
We are all meant to soar!
There are a few ways to think about “crows” around us, including negative thoughts, that can be random, unpleasant, agitating and anxiety filled mental impulses.
Despite these thoughts, each of us can overcome them and become a powerful influence for good.
๐’€๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’๐’–๐’ˆ๐’‰๐’•๐’” ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’‘๐’๐’˜๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’„๐’“๐’†๐’‚๐’•๐’†๐’” ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’๐’Š๐’‡๐’†.
My invitation to everyone today through this timeless fable, is to elevate your thoughts, don’t get stuck in the mud, you are meant to soar above this world!
โ€œFor as [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he.โ€ โ€“ Proverbs 23:7
Now – off you go…. Take Flight!

Wind or Sun?

Facilitating a workshop on influence & persuasion recently I was reminded one of Aesop’s classic fables. As I recall, it goes something like this….

A dispute arose between the Wind and the Sun, as to which one was the stronger of the two. They agreed to put the point upon this issue – that whichever soonest made a traveller take off his cloak, would be deemed as the more powerful.

The wind began and blew with all his might, but the stronger he blew, the closer the traveller wrapped his cloak around him and the tighter he grasped it with his hands.

Then, the sun started to shine through. With the welcome beams of light and warmth, the traveller began to feel the gradual heat of the sun, as it shone brighter and brighter. Eventually, overcome with the heat, the traveller cast his cloak on the ground.

Thus, the sun was the champion.

For me, there is a great lesson in this simple fable that persuasion is better than force. Indeed, the sunshine of a kind and gentle manner is much more powerful than the threat of force of blustering might.

How are the wind and sun different from each other?
What lesson does the tale teach you?
How can you apply this learning to your life?