Fly For the Sake of Flying

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“Birds learn how to fly, never knowing where flight will take them.”


It seems, for birds, it is the act of flying that is the goal. True, they migrate and seek out food, but when flying, there is the sense that being aloft is their true destination.

Unlike birds, we confuse our time on Earth, again and again, with obsessions of where we are going – often to the point that we frustrate and stall our human ability to fly. We frequently tame and hush our need to love, to learn, to know the truth of spirit, until we can be assured that our efforts will take us somewhere. All these conditions and hesitations and yes-buts and what ifs turn the human journey upside down, never letting the heart, wing that it is, truly unfold.

Yes, without consideration or reservation, it is simply the presence of light that stirs birds to sing and lift. They do not understand concepts such as holding back or only investing if the return seems certain. In this, we are the only creatures that seek out guarantees, and in so doing, we snuff the spark that is discovery.

Just how often do we cripple ourselves by not letting love with all its risks teach us how to fly? How many times do our hearts stall because we won’t let the wingspan of our passion open us fully into our gifts? How frequently do we search for a song of guidance that can only come from inside us?

We, like the birds, are meant to fly and sing – that’s all – and all our plans and schemes are twigs of nest that, once outgrown, we leave.

These lines from the Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo have been my guidance in those moments I feel lost or without direction. Although having clear goals and planning is necessary for achieving what we want, sometimes we just need to flow, to be like water. Or fly and just be like birds.

Trust that what you do will lead you to something great.

Switch off the voices that are looking for a result or reward.

Sometimes trusting your ability to fly is just fine enough.

And if you preserve, the reward will come.