Saturday, February 11, 2012

The Push

An excerpt from

The Push

by David McNally and Mac Anderson

The eagle gently coaxed her offspring

toward the edge of the nest. Her heart quivered

with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance

to her persistent nudging.

"Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin

with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless

question was still unanswered for her.

As in the tradition of the species, her nest was

located high upon the shelf of a sheer rock face.

Below there was nothing but air to support

the wings of each child.

"Is it possible that this time it will

not work?" she thought. Despite her fears

the eagle knew it was time. Her parental

mission was all but complete.

There remained one final task ... the push.

The eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom.

Until her children discovered their wings, there was

no purpose for their lives.

Until they learned how to soar, they would fail

to understand the privilege it was to have been born an

eagle. The push was the greatest gift she had to

offer. It was her supreme act of love.

And so, one by one, she pushed them and ...


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