Jorge, a 19-year-old boy who had a great concern for his future, came very happy and told me that he finally knew what he wanted to do with his life.
I remember that for a whole year he thought about different options and consulted many people to receive some guidance.
He listened to many different opinions and was distressing more and more complicating his ideas and emotions.
A fable he heard, he told me, was the trigger to make a firm decision and stop anguishing between so many unanswered questions.
Here goes the fable:
A king received two hawk chicks as a gift.
The experts of his court dedicated themselves to look for food for those animals and, when the moment arrived, they began the flight lessons.
One of the two baby hawks began to fly since the first lessons, but the other did not learn, despite the efforts of his instructors.
Time went on and there was no progress.
The king was sad for the hawk that had grown up, was no longer small, and no one could make it fly.
They searched for all available pedagogical theories, hired Finnish teachers, bought books, downloaded many applications … all without success.
One morning, a little shepherd boy, who was walking with his sheep in that place, began to pluck the branches of a dry tree to use them as firewood. At the tip of the highest branch the dormant falcon was asleep, which, when running out of branch, flapped desperately and, when it was about to break its entire skeleton on the ground, it began to fly. His flight, at the height of the clouds, was spectacular, better than his brother’s.
The king saw everything, or almost everything, and organized a party to thank the little shepherd boy.
In the midst of all the guests, he offered a toast for him and asked him to tell the “big secret” for everyone.
The little pastor explained laughing that there was no “big secret.”
He told what happened and, with his simplicity, he won a long applause from all the guests at the party.
The king and all who heard that learned a great lesson.
“Those who, instead of looking for complications, simply receive the message of Jesus’ stories, learn something more valuable than the flight of a hawk.”
“Making the important decisions in our lives, it is of no help to complicate things but to be brave; not clinging to the” dry branches “that give us security, but to take flight.”
This is what Jorge reflected, but perhaps you can get more teachings from this fable.
Paco Anaya, Sch. P.