There’s an old story about a very wise and successful man who owned two birds. It seems that he was able to design his personal destiny, as he wanted it to be, quite easily. He’d imagine the changes he wanted in his life; he’d let the two birds fly as high as they choose to, and the bird that flew highest was the one he paid attention to.
Of what were these two birds symbolic? They were not really birds; they were streams of thought that would rush to him from nowhere, just from the air. This man would conjure a vision of a change he wanted in his life, and he’d then notice that two streams of thought would rush to him (two birds flying in the air).
One stream of thought would look at his past and insist, “what you’ve got is all that you’re going to get; don’t be crazy.” The other stream of thought would look at the future and fly high with ideas to fulfill on his new ideal to make it real.
The wise man favored the bird that flew highest, the bird that offered answers to make his vision of fantasy action of fact.
How about you? Which bird do you pay attention to when you dream big and envision living into that dream? Do you look at your past and decide your dream is just foolish fantasy, or do you look at your future with new ways to act to make that fantasy fact?
When was the last time that you had a great idea? Which bird did you look to?