“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.”
What, you might ask, is this “thing” about “wings” - a popular icon on tees, jewelry, and tattoos.
The answer might be to consider what they mean.
Wings are, of course, symbolic of angels
who in themselves symbolize protection, purity, courage, love, and harmony.
To humans, wings have become
a stand-alone symbol
of the love, spirituality, and protection
But, the Persian poet and Sufi master
Rumi noted in his empowering poem,
we humans were all born with “wings”.
Trust in them, and they become a force.
Wings propel. Stabilize.
They can make us soar
and bring us safely down to earth.
Our wings are what we feel
in our hearts and spirit.
Always there to inspire the angel, warrior or guardian in us,
they remind us of the freedom that self-empowerment provides.
while also imbuing us with the unlimited potential to glide steady
in a world that constantly rocks.
They are – or at least can be - the inspiration for us
to explore those vulnerable parts within ourselves
Wings are ours. And ours to share.
Symbolic of love, our wings give us the compassion to embrace
others. And when we put someone under our wing,
we become a guide, mentor and, sometimes, a shelter from a storm.
So sure, we don’t have wings,
But in this year of challenges
we invite you to recognize the power of wings.
Visualize them. Take your wings to heart and
wear them as you will as a
reminder to hold true to everything they embody – and to
trust in them.