'The following story is called 'Even Eagles Need A Push' by David McNally.

The mother eagle gently coaxed her off-spring toward the edge of her nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to 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 nature of eagles, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each young eagle, "It is possible that this time it will not work?" the mother eagle thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was almost complete. There remained one final task - the push.

The mother eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her young 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 the mother eagle had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them and they flew!

Sometimes we all need a push in life. A push to get something done, a push to get our lives sorted, a push to say sorry, a push to make a new beginning happen, a push to do something that has been put off for far too long. Whatever the push, there comes a time when it needs to happen. Do I need a push in life right now or does someone close and important to me need a push?

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