A man found an eagle's egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen. The eaglet
hatched with the brood of chicks 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 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 eagle looked up in awe. "Who's that?" he asked.
"That's the eagle, the king of the birds," said his neighbour. "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.
AWARENESS ... Anthony de Mello