A bird sitting in a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking; not because it trusts the branch, but because it trusts its wings.” (The source of this quote is unknown by me.) Of course, that quote makes perfect sense because if a branch broke from under a bird, the bird would simply use its wings to fly. Who could imagine a bird forgetting to trust its wings in such a circumstance? Likewise, we must also learn to trust various qualities that enable us to “fly” when the foundation beneath us collapses. And oh how those foundations may collapse. We might rest on the branch of good health until unexpectedly we are handed a devastating diagnosis. We might sit on the branch of a safe and secure life of comfort until a horrid tragedy strikes. We might sit on the branch of social love until something happens to shatter the fellowship. We might sit on the branch of religious devotion until one day assaults plaque the indoctrination. As well, we might sit on a branch where we feel comfortable in the words and deeds we make until one day that comfort in self-expression dismantles. When our life becomes unsettled and changes for the worse, we need to discover an inner set of wings to keep us flying above the crisis we face. This essay asserts that those internal wings are spiritual attitudes that supersedes the physical elements, such as a broken branch to a bird.
There are swarms of emotions and thoughts within a person that leads to specific behaviors in response to bad situations. A bird would consider a sudden breaking of a branch a to be a bad situation, but its response is to use the wings to overcome. Likewise, we too have wings to guide our thoughts and emotions into behaviors that overcomes a crisis situation. Those wings comprise spiritual attitudes. Being defeated by unexpected changes occur when a person focuses more on the broken branch than on the ability of the wings. In essence, we should trust the inward spiritual qualities more than we trust the security of things that break. If we trust the material elements of this life when the branch breaks, then we will experience despair, hopelessness, and even evil intentions when our security falls. Instead, the spiritual wings of goodness, faith, and joy gifts us with optimism when a crisis breaks our worldly stability. When a source of our foundation breaks, impatience and a loss of control can lead to fatal reactions in response to feeling betrayed by the thing once trusted. To rise above erratic decisions, let the spiritual wings of inner life sustain you with patience, self-control, and perseverance. Often, others are blamed for allowing broken circumstances to occur as hatred, ill-will, and cruelty causes the crisis to multiply in severity. Only by the spiritual wings can we rise above total chaos through the attitude of goodwill, kindness, and love. Keeping a positive focus on social values is essential. A broken branch is never a disaster unless it drives us to harsh and aggressive violence, then we sink like a thousand pound rock in quick sand. Wings of our inward spiritual life enables us to fly above anger by a meek and gentle spirit of peace. The physical world is like the branch, as the spiritual world is like the wings of a bird. Our trust should be in the spiritual wings and not in the physical branch. When things break, our spiritual wings will enable us to rise above the crisis.
1) Trust your spiritual health over physical health. When the branch of physical health breaks, we can still fly by the wings of spiritual health.
2) Trust your spiritual security over worldly security. When the branch of a secure world breaks, we can still fly by the wings of spiritual tranquility.
3) Trust your spiritual network over worldly social networks. When the branch of social graces break, we can still fly on the wings of inner spiritual connection.
4) Trust the value of your spiritual worth over how others assess your worldly worth. When the branch of worldy achievement breaks, we can still fly on the wings of spiritual esteem.
5) Trust your spiritual words and deeds over communication that amplifies worldly appearances. When the branch of worldly appearances breaks, we can still fly on the wings of positive words and actions.
We can assess that the world consists of things that break as well as more flexible spiritual attitudes. The diagnosis is that trusting things that break makes us very emotionally fragile in a crisis. We plan to rely on spiritual wings to lift us above devastating results. We implement that plan by trusting in the soft, moist, and flexible qualities of our inner life. We realize success of that plan when perseverance, peace, goodwill, and faith carries us through a crisis.
Some people want to deny us the spiritual wings during the times that our branch of security breaks. They express anger, conflict, and controversy over the broken branch instead of offering comfort with spiritual peace. Likewise, they express depression, sadness, and despair within a crisis instead of giving hope and optimism. For them, personal interactions are bargaining processes to turn a person’s focus on broken things and away from the spiritual wings. They never communicate acceptance of the spiritual qualities that enables one to rise above calamity.
There are populations of people that live and grow with the same agenda towards the physical world and the spiritual realm. Their viewpoint is almost a manifesto for world change. They focus more on the broken branch then they do on recovery through spiritual wings. The attitudes that exit those reservoirs of “change” include words and behaviors that cripple the spiritual wings while emphasizing calamity and chaos. They do not seek recovery of what is broken as they disenable spiritual attributes that brings healing to those who hurt emotionally, physically, and mentally. The destructive attitudes that they possess transfer directly from those seeking to destroy whatever does not mold into the desired change. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through those who are willing to adopt a sour attitude in exchange for monetary, materialistic, and physical comfort.
The attitude of focusing on the broken branch while losing the spiritual wings enter us through our desire for a social life and a thrist to be valued by others. Unfortunately, positive attitudes of optimism, joy, faith, and perseverance by the spiritual wings seems to be the target of the wrecking ball. Many people feel socially alienated and treated like garbage because they believe in kindness, goodwill, love, joy, goodness, faith, self-control, patience, perseverance, peace, meekness, and gentleness. In order to feel socially loved and to receive a sense of worth, they become a part of the population that relishes the broken branch while ridiculing the spiritual wings. Those susceptible to the worshippers of the broken branch are sitting on that branch but do not have the internal spiritual wings. When the branch breaks, the consequences are devastating, crippling, and deadly. In other words, the susceptible host naturally relies on worldly sustenance to survive from day to day, but does not possess the qualities necessary to help them to endure the pressure of the wrecking ball.
We can interrupt the cycle of falling with the broken branch by allowing the spiritual fruit to form wings within our spirit, thoughts, emotions, and behavior. That is done by relishing the soft, moist, and tender qualities that exist within us while forsaking destructive attitudes that are harsh, cold, and indifferent. Be optimistic and peaceful while envisioning a world that fellowships harmoniously. Let your words flow with edification and your behaviors perform humanitarian deeds. Be a direct influence upon others through your spiritual wings. Be happy that your worth comes through constructive motivation and not by being destructive. Lasting social connections build each other up not tear one another down. The spiritual wings interrupts the cycle of the broken wings.