Thursday, January 8, 2009

Nature versus Nurture

The recent storms are causing havoc in nature. It appears that wind gusts thrust an eagles nest off of the mountainside. Several of the eggs were cracked and the embryos died. However, one of the eggs fell down the mountainside near a free range chicken farm. One of hens sat on the egg and after several days hatched a newborn eagle.

The hen took the eagle in and treated it as her own. She raised it like the other chickens. Soon the eagle grew and looked above and saw a flock of eagles fly by. It wondered if it could soar like the eagles. However, the chickens quickly corrected him and told him that he would always be a chicken.

Later, that eagle grew to believe that he would never become an eagle and never tried to fly, or become as truly was, an eagle. After several years, he died living a life as a chicken.

So this story goes to show us: we can either soar with the eagles as nature intended us, or we can listen to a bunch of chickens and never stretch our wings and fly!

So the question is: what are you going to do this year?

Are you going to fly or just get by and be as miserable as everyone else?

The choice is ours to make.

1 comment:

dac said...

Great story Joel - some have the nature but don't even know it! Nurture, we can work with. . .

David Casavant, CFM
Workplace Safety Council