Is your environment right for your goals?

The following parable from Anthony de Mello is a profound lesson for us humans and who we choose to spend our precious time with.

One day a man found an eagle's egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chickens and grew up with them.

All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.

The old eagle looked up in awe. "Who's that?" he asked.

That's the eagle, the king of the birds," said his neighbor. "He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth—we're chickens."

So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that's what he thought he was.

Our environment is not just an external thing in the people we hang out with, it’s the books we read, what we listen to, what we watch. It is also an internal thing with what we say to ourselves, all of the above are under our control and what we do with it.

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