Icarus, Wax Wings, and Living Half Full

I never understood Greek mythology when I was in school. I never quite got it. But I always enjoyed the story of Icarus.

Perhaps you recall the story of Icarus. Icarus and his Dad, Daedalus, were imprisoned on the island of Crete by King Minos. The only way to escape from their captivity was by air.  Daedalus was a gifted inventor and created two pairs of wings that he and Icarus would use to fly to freedom. The father’s instructions to the son were simple; do not fly too close to the sun, as the wings were crafted of feathers and wax. Flying too close to the sun would melt the wax and destroy the wings. Unfortunately, that was exactly what Icarus did, which cost Icarus his life on his flight to freedom.

STUCK IN A MOMENT Many of us are plotting our own escapes. Trying to break free from the grasp of whatever it is that has, or is still, holding us back from realizing our own greatness. We have somehow gotten ourselves entangled in the Labyrinth of our own lives, frustratingly wandering and looking for the way out. “Stuck in a moment that you can’t get out of”, as U2 would sing. Fortunately we all possess our own pair of wings that will allow us to escape to where it is we really want to be.

Our wings are not made of feathers and wax. Our wings are made of something far stronger, of the strongest compound known to mankind. 


Our attitudes can take us to many different places. We can soar, we can escape, we can break free and become all that we were created to become. Unfortunately, attitudes can also enslave us to a point where we will never allow ourselves to be anything but stuck and unfulfilled.

BREAKING FREE Living Half Full is understanding that we all have wings. We can all escape from the place where we are feeling stuck and unfulfilled. We can use our wings to get us where we know we need to go. Icarus had to worry about getting too close to the sun. The only thing that can bring us down is embracing negativity which will quickly melt our wings and send us crashing back to the place we really hope to escape from.

The Living Half Full attitude embraces abundance, growth, and realizing your true inner greatness.  Attitude is simply a choice. Your choice. Attitude is also your own pair of wings that can take you anywhere you so choose.

Icarus never got to where he was going.

But you will.

Go. Soar.

It’s a great day to be you!

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