The Flight of Love
Letting Your Lover Fly Free
Once upon a time, in a lush forest, there lived a magnificent bird with shimmering feathers that glinted in the sun. The bird's beauty was so striking that everyone who saw it was in awe. Many people wanted to possess the bird, to have it all to themselves.
One day, a wealthy man captured the bird and locked it up in a golden cage in his palace. The man felt proud to have such a beautiful bird, and he loved to show it off to his guests. However, the bird was miserable in the cage. It had lost its freedom to fly, hunt, and sing. The bird's feathers lost their luster, and its eyes lost their spark.
As time went by, the man realized that the bird was fading away, and he didn't know what to do. He tried to feed it, entertain it, and take care of it, but nothing worked. One day, a wise old woman visited the man's palace and saw the bird in the cage. She asked the man why he had locked up such a beautiful bird.
The man replied, "I wanted to keep it for myself, to have its beauty all to myself."
The wise old woman shook her head and said, "The beauty of a bird is not in its feathers but in its spirit. A bird's spirit is free and cannot be caged. If you want to enjoy the beauty of the bird, you must set it free. Only then will it come back to you, because it chooses to be with you, not because it's forced to."
The man listened to the wise old woman's words and opened the cage. The bird, weakened and frightened at first, eventually flew away. The man was sad to see the bird go but knew that it was the right thing to do.
From that day on, the man went to the forest every day, where he saw the bird flying freely, singing joyously, and hunting passionately. The bird would fly back to the man every evening, perch on his shoulder, and keep him company as he enjoyed the sunset. The man realized that he didn't need to own the bird to enjoy its beauty. He only needed to respect its spirit and let it fly free.
The moral of the story is that true beauty cannot be possessed or locked up. It can only be appreciated and shared. If you love someone, you must respect their spirit and allow them to be free. Only then will they choose to be with you, out of their free will and love.