A Bird with One Wing

A Bird with One Wing

Why this Story?

'Sometimes the question is not where are you going, but where are you are coming from'

The seed of the symbolic story, 'A Bird with One Wing', lies in the chapter in my life where I studied at the VU University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During my time there I felt incomplete and empty; I was searching for a sense of purpose.


I know I'm not the only one that has felt this way during a certain phase in their life and therefore I'm sharing this story. It reveals why we as people can feel so empty and incomplete at times.


When we apply knowledge and wisdom to our personal and professional lives, we are like birds with two wings and we fly. High in the sky, free from all that keeps us enclosed in a cage.


We perch when we need to and we fly because we can. On earth we find our food, while in the sky we glide without limits.


A bird trusts his wings, he knows how they work and therefore it feels guided wherever it flies. A bird has faith; have you ever seen a bird fall from the sky because of distracting thoughts or disturbing emotions?


A bird in a cage

I know I have distracting thoughts and disturbing emotions such as anger, jealousy, fear, desire and ignorance. I know they suppress me and keep me locked in a cage.


Sometimes I explore the space in the cage, and then I can feel the cold walls, hear the rattle of the bars and smell the iron metal. Is this my comfort zone?


Free to live the dream

Then I look through the bars and I see the world of possibilities such as love, kindness, freedom and happiness. I know I’m free to be who I want to be; to do what I love to do; I can be happy and be the best version of myself. I can live my dream! But still my feet are planted firmly in the cage.


Sometimes the door opens and the sweet taste of freedom enters. At those times, I want to fly out, I try to fly out and my feet are ready to take off to embrace my purpose. But my feet refuse to float.


What is happening? Why am I still in the cage? I take a good look at myself. Darn, I only have one wing.




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