Wednesday, October 18, 2017

FLY; EAGLE FLY!... by Emmanuel Ayeni Speech 10 CC.

Have you ever felt some tasks were way beyond being possible or have you ever felt like you were at your tether’s end and you were about giving up?
 Please do not give up, not yet and not ever again!
 (The Toastmaster,...fellow toastmasters and distinguished guests)
Today, I bring you great inspiration from the life of the amazing bird, Eagle.
I love the Eagle!... Most of the 60 species of Eagles are from Eurasia and Africa
The Eagle has been noted as the symbol of strength, bravery and courage, while other birds shy away from the storm with fear, an eagle stays happy and calm in the face of any storm, it spreads its wings and uses the current of the storm to its advantage and soars.
Eagles have the longest life span and may live for up to 70 years.
It  achieves this by retreating into a painful process of change in its 40s on a mountain top for 150 days, about 5 months, after which it comes out younger, stronger and healthier for its famous rebirth flight and lives for another 30 years.
Ladies and gentlemen, It  will interest you to know that the eagle has a very strong vision which focuses up to 5km from the air...
There are many lessons from the life of an eagle, but the one that really drives home my point is the interesting story of this small eagle.
Fellow TMs and guests, please come with me. Once upon a time, at a large mountain side, there was an eagle nest with  4 large eagle eggs inside.
One day, an earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down the lush grass land located in the valley below...
A farmer picked it up, went to his farm and said to his wife “this is a special kind of egg; it will hatch and grow big into a special barnyard chicken”
Eventually the eagle egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born . But being with chickens, the eagle was only raised to be a chicken. He loved his home and family but it seemed his heart cried out for more.
One day the eagle looked to the skies above and noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring, he wondered aloud, “what kind of bird is that? How graceful, powerful and free it is! I wish I could soar like those birds”
The chickens roared with laughter “Oh! Don’t you worry, yourself...that is an eagle, you are a chicken and chickens don’t soar, you will never be able to fly like that!”
This eagle felt sad...but he kept staring at the sky at his real family and he kept thinking and talking about his dreams every time.
One fateful day, a young Shepherd boy came to visit the farmer and was surprised to see the eagle strutting around with chickens, pecking at the ground and acting very much like a chicken.
The farmer explained to him, how the bird was no longer an eagle but now a chicken because he has been trained to be a chicken and he believes he is a chicken.
The  Shepherd boy   knew there was more to this great bird than his actions showed . He was born an eagle and had the heart of an eagle, and nothing could change that. So he lifted the eagle onto the fence surrounding the chicken coop and said, “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The eagle moved slightly, only to look at the boy; then he glanced down at his comfortable home among the chickens in the chicken coop . He jumped off the fence and continued doing what chickens do. The farmer was satisfied. “I told you it was a chicken,” he said.
The Shepherd boy returned the next day and tried again to convince the farmer and the eagle that the eagle was born for something greater. He took the eagle to the top of the farmhouse and spoke to him: “Eagle, thou art an eagle. Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” The large bird looked at the boy, then again down into the chicken coop. He jumped from the boy's arm onto the roof of the farmhouse.
The Shepherd boy  knowing what eagles are really about, asked the farmer to let him try one more time. He would return the next day and prove that this bird was an eagle. The farmer, convinced otherwise, said, “It is a chicken.”
So the Shepherd boy returned the next morning to the chicken farm and took the eagle and the farmer some distance away to the foot of a high mountain. They could not see the farm nor the chicken coop from this place. The boy held the eagle on his arm and pointed high into the sky where the bright sun was beckoning above. He spoke: “Eagle, thou art an eagle! Thou dost belong to the sky and not to the earth. Stretch forth thy wings and fly.” This time the eagle stared skyward into the bright sun, straightened his large body, and stretched his massive wings. His wings moved, slowly at first, then surely and powerfully. With the mighty screech of an eagle, he flew.
Sometimes we find ourselves in a position when it seems things are not working , when we feel our efforts are not paying off, at such moments we feel we are a monotonous walk on a treadmill and then we feel like giving up...
At such moments, we need the tenacity of that young eagle to fire the dreams in our hearts... remember the story of the eagle and the words of the old Philosopher Jalaluddin Rumi who said: 
“You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
 You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.”

The Toastmaster!

Keep Rising to Greatness
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NB. This is a variation of the speech that made me a CC...last week

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