Don’t Listen to the Prairie Chickens

A boy found an eagle’s egg and he put it in the nest of a prairie chicken.  The eagle hatched and thought he was a chicken.  He grew up doing what prairie chickens do–scratching at the dirt for food and flying short distances with a noisy fluttering of wings.  It was a dreary life.  Gradually the eagle grew old and bitter.  One day he and his prairie chicken friend saw a beautiful bird soaring on the currents of air, high above the mountains.

“Oh, I wish I could fly like that!” said the eagle.

The chicken replied, “Don’t give it another thought.  That’s the mighty eagle, the king of all birds–you could never be like him!”

And the eagle didn’t give it another thought.  He went on cackling and complaining about life.  He died thinking he was a prairie chicken.

My friend, you too were born an eagle. The Creator intended you to be an eagle, so don’t listen to the prairie chickens!

-Native American Legend

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