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The Falcon & The Branch

Once there was a king who received a gift of two magnificent falcons. They were peregrine falcons, the most beautiful birds he had ever seen. He gave the precious birds to his head falconer to be trained.

Months passed, and one day the head falconer informed the king that though one of the falcons was flying majestically, soaring high in the sky, the other bird had not moved from its branch since the day it had arrived.

The king summoned healers and sorcerers from all the land to tend to the falcon, but no one could make the bird fly.

He presented the task to the member of his court, but the next day, the king saw through the palace window that the bird had still not moved from its perch.

Having tried everything else, the king thought to himself, “May be I need someone more familiar with the countryside to understand the nature of this problem.” So he cried out to his court, “Go and get a farmer.”

In the morning, the king was thrilled to see the falcon soaring high above the palace gardens. He said to his court, “Bring me the doer of this miracle.”

The court quickly located the farmer, who came and stood before the king. The king asked him, “How did you make the falcon fly?”

With his head bowed, the farmer said to the king, “It was very easy, your highness. I simply cut the branch where the bird was sitting.”

We are all made to fly — to realize our incredible potential as human beings. But at times we sit on our branches, clinging to the things that are familiar to us. The possibilities are endless, but for most of us, they remain undiscovered. We conform to the familiar, the comfortable, and the mundane. So for the most part, our lives are mediocre instead of exciting, thrilling and fulfilling. Let us learn to destroy the branch of fear we cling to and free ourselves to the glory of flight!

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Submitted by Hemendra Chanchani

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  • omar August 27, 2019, 3:48 pm

    excellent story

  • Sahil August 13, 2019, 11:22 am

    Very well written. It give me a true inspiration how anyone can succeed in his life. It is melodies story.?

  • Movich March 12, 2017, 3:49 pm

    Awesome story. It was well written and very inspirational. Mother Eagle always train Eaglets to fly by throwing them out of the comfort zone. we all need to cut our branches and exploit our inner potentials.
    Nobody said it will be easy but it worth the stress. I believe in your greatness.

  • Serly August 30, 2015, 8:38 am

    Thanks for this motivation. I feel like a falcon that cant fly because i am stuck in comfort zone. This story makes me feel, i must get out from this zone and looking for a great zone then learn much more knowledge.

  • Steve Bukanga May 7, 2015, 5:38 pm

    Great work!

  • Me time January 8, 2015, 4:10 am

    This inspired me a lot. Then when i passed it to my friend, he was revived. Because the day i passed it to her was the very moment she is being struck by a dilemma. THANKS for this!

  • Holu November 30, 2014, 11:17 am


  • Param August 11, 2014, 4:44 am

    A Wonderful story with great Moral!!!

  • Yanie July 24, 2014, 5:57 am

    It opened some closed sides in me..

  • S.p.sharath June 26, 2014, 12:53 am

    Very brave story……

  • Vijay June 19, 2014, 4:45 am


  • Sandeep June 11, 2014, 8:11 am

    Loved the story. We are so overburdened with our daily routine that we forget to discover the talent hidden within us. We always ought to fly high to gain true happiness.

  • David Paramel June 6, 2014, 5:44 am

    Superrrb Story with an Awesome Moral… I just loved it. Adapt , Improvise and Overcome– This should be the goal of our lives.

  • Ramesh May 16, 2014, 8:46 am

    This is the point that happens with everyone life due which we don’t reach our goal and ambition. It was an inspiring story for me.

  • Timothy April 14, 2014, 6:36 am

    Very true and timely, being so attached to one’s comfort zone might blind one to other opportunties out there.

  • Cy April 3, 2014, 7:28 am

    Superb! We must step out in our comfort zone.

  • Suvarna April 3, 2014, 1:01 am

    Gr88888888!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Joseo March 21, 2014, 4:06 am

    Great story

  • Salome March 11, 2014, 4:51 pm

    A wonderful message, we should not cling to our comfort zones.

  • Rachel March 11, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Sooooooooo true! Simply superb, thanQ for sharing!

  • Shelja Sharma March 11, 2014, 5:40 am

    WOW ! What a Beautiful story. Very Very nice and true too. Thanks.

  • Ejie March 10, 2014, 10:20 pm

    Staying out of our comfort zone and explore. Thanks to this story, I am now motivated…

  • Mariam March 10, 2014, 4:16 am

    Amazing story.

  • Sarmakssm March 10, 2014, 3:28 am

    Good story, I have shared this one with all friends and followers on facebook.

  • Sibusiso March 10, 2014, 3:10 am

    Thank you for such a lovely inspiration, lets us all learn to set ourself free, cut all the branches that are the source of fear… and let us soar like an eagle.

  • Sridhar March 10, 2014, 1:18 am

    Very cute story friends.

  • Camilia March 9, 2014, 12:33 pm

    Great moral, we should all learn how to cut our own branch. Thanks for this wonderful story.

  • Himanshu March 9, 2014, 7:38 am

    Really true. We are born to fly, we have no limits!!

  • Siddharth Oswal March 9, 2014, 2:27 am

    I feel myself like the unflying falcon. Even I’ll need to learn to cut my own branch. Thanks.

  • Prasurjya March 8, 2014, 11:24 pm

    That was amazing….thought provoking….♥ it….god bless…

  • Evans gitonga March 8, 2014, 9:24 am

    Sometimes something threatening can have positive outcome.

  • Joseph Jacob March 8, 2014, 8:13 am

    Very true. When you have no other choice but do what you have to do. Fly.

  • Combs March 8, 2014, 4:43 am

    Me. I love this. It is real men.

  • A.Bhatia March 8, 2014, 2:36 am

    A nice story and true also. We indeed do the same mistake and hence, get stuck up in materialistic things for long in our lives before we realize the real purpose of our lives. We all have the capability to fly high and be free from all worldly things, if we understand the meaning and objective for which we are born for.

  • Manjunath s March 8, 2014, 12:16 am

    Nice story. Clinging to familiar, comfortable and mundane prevent us from many adventures and consequently we lose our creative skills unexplored. We should try new avenues for success.

  • Andy March 7, 2014, 6:08 pm

    Awesome story !

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