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.
– Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi
On the visit to the Kehlsteinhaus last October, I was very much taken in by a group of alpine choughs (here’s on the alpine chough on Wikipedia) flying around or no… actually they were taking turns hovering around the outdoor cafe looking for leftover tidbits… But ignore that part.
I am not an amatuer bird-watcher or anything of the sort, but I do enjoy watching and photographing birds. They seem to radiate this sheer weightlessness… For me they symbolize upliftment – of rising above the mundane, breaking shackles, and material bonds… to seek something higher, more meaningful, and more purposeful. Rumi’s words resonate with me for the same reason – I need to consciously challenge myself to keep seeking a better purpose for the time I have been given. Maybe it is around me and I am simply oblivious of it. But I’ve got to keep seeking, trying…and maybe someday……………………