Feeling Like a Bird in a Cage…& Breaking Free

Do you ever feel like a bird trapped in a cage? Sometimes the worst situations can spark new business ideas.

The other day I went to a friend’s house to celebrate their birthday party. I went out to the back where the party was being held, and the friend showed me a bird that she owned which was locked up in a small cage.

Feeling Like a Bird Caged Up

My friend told me that the bird was very “smart” and had tried on numerous occasions to break free from the cage. I looked at the colorful little bird as it tried to peck its way out of the bars of the cage. It fluttered about, shook its wings furiously. But to no avail.

It was stuck there, and I listened to my friend who went on and said that the bird had been intelligent enough to lift open the cage door, but as it was about to open it fully, she caught it, and now she locked the door.

Birds Were Created to Fly

Now, I don’t spend so much of my attention on birds, but I suppose I looked at this bird and I really felt sorry for it. As it spread out its wings and tried to fly, it could not. It had been caged and trapped.

Humans are a bit strange for wanting to cage up birds in tight spaces.

It’s sometimes been asked of me, what kind of animal I’d like to be if I were one. The answer I usually give is that I’d like to be an eagle and soar above the clouds, through the skies and look down on the earth. Unfortunately, this bird in the cage could not do that. It could not do what it instinctively and naturally was made to do. It really was strange.

A Metaphor For Our Human Existence

I think there’s a lesson here, even for us humans. Don’t you ever feel like you’re a bird, trapped in a cage? You feel like you can soar above into the skies. You try as hard as you can to escape monotony and boredom and pain. Yet you feel like you keep ending up in your cage.

Fortunately for humans, we actually have more freedom. We have choice. We have the ability to challenge and change our circumstances. Many of the “cages” of human existence are all in the mind.

A Lesson for Leaders

Entrepreneurs, social innovators and people wanting more passion in their lives should remember this truth: The limits upon you are only the limits that you place upon yourself can make or break business ideas.

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