The Falcon & The Branch

by Stephen on March 7, 2014 · 34 comments

in Awakening, Moral Stories

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!

Author Unknown
Submitted by Hemendra Chanchani

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1 Andy March 7, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Awesome story !

2 Manjunath s March 8, 2014 at 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.

3 A.Bhatia March 8, 2014 at 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.

4 Combs March 8, 2014 at 4:43 am

Me. I love this. It is real men.

5 Joseph Jacob March 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

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

6 Evans gitonga March 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

Sometimes something threatening can have positive outcome.

7 Prasurjya March 8, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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

8 Siddharth Oswal March 9, 2014 at 2:27 am

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

9 Himanshu March 9, 2014 at 7:38 am

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

10 Camilia March 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm

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

11 Sridhar March 10, 2014 at 1:18 am

Very cute story friends.

12 Sibusiso March 10, 2014 at 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.

13 Sarmakssm March 10, 2014 at 3:28 am

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

14 Mariam March 10, 2014 at 4:16 am

Amazing story.

15 Ejie March 10, 2014 at 10:20 pm

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

16 Shelja Sharma March 11, 2014 at 5:40 am

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

17 Rachel March 11, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Sooooooooo true! Simply superb, thanQ for sharing!

18 Salome March 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

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

19 Joseo March 21, 2014 at 4:06 am

Great story

20 Suvarna April 3, 2014 at 1:01 am

Gr88888888!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

21 Cy April 3, 2014 at 7:28 am

Superb! We must step out in our comfort zone.

22 Timothy April 14, 2014 at 6:36 am

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

23 Ramesh May 16, 2014 at 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.

24 David Paramel June 6, 2014 at 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.

25 Sandeep June 11, 2014 at 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.

26 Vijay June 19, 2014 at 4:45 am


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

Very brave story……

28 Yanie July 24, 2014 at 5:57 am

It opened some closed sides in me..

29 Param August 11, 2014 at 4:44 am

A Wonderful story with great Moral!!!

30 Holu November 30, 2014 at 11:17 am


31 Me time January 8, 2015 at 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!

32 Steve Bukanga May 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Great work!

33 Serly August 30, 2015 at 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.

34 Movich March 12, 2017 at 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.

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