Birds in a Cage
While walking in the woods, a girl found two songbirds on the ground. The nest had fallen off the branch and the mother was no where to be found. The girl decided to take them home. She nurtured the birds in a small cage with love until they grew bigger and stronger each day. Every morning they greeted her with beautiful songs that were sung together in harmony. The girl felt great love for the birds. She wanted their singing to last forever.
One day, the cage door was accidentally left open. One of the birds flew out from the cage towards the window. The girl rushed outside and watched anxiously as it circled high above the sky. But it was too late, the bird was gone. She became more cautious this time around with the other songbird she had left. So she began tying one of its leg to the rail with a tiny thread, to prevent it from escaping.
The next morning, the girl woke up to a bird that sang the sweetest melody she had ever heard. It was the same songbird that had flown away yesterday. Suddenly the bird flew closer to the tree near the window and landed softly on its nest that he built himself. The bird never forgot about her. It was here to stay and sing to her every morning.
Then she noticed the other bird teetering on the edge of the cage. She finally realized the bird’s great need for freedom. Their need to soar into the clear, blue sky. She lifted him from the cage and tossed him softly into the air. The bird circled freely several times. The girl watched delightfully at the bird’s enjoyment. Her heart was no longer concerned with her loss. She just wanted the birds to be happy because she loved them.
The fastest way to lose someone is being too possessive. The tighter you clench, the more likely you are to push them away. They need freedom to live their life and pursue in whatever makes them happy. When love flows with freedom, there is beauty. True love will never leave you. If it’s meant to be, it will always come back.