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There are eight principles of the life we can learn from the eagle for our personal development. This is adapted from Dr. Myles Moroe’s 7 Principles of an Eagle. So let’s get started:
PRINCIPLE 1: Eagles fly alone:
Eagles fly at high altitude and not with sparrows or other small birds. No other bird can go to the height of the eagle. Stay away from sparrows and ravens.
Lesson: Eagles fly with Eagles, so who do you associate with? Do they make soar or do they make you make you fly at the level of sparrows (mediocrity)
PRINCIPLE 2: Eagles have strong vision.
Eagles have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away. When an eagle sites his prey, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacles, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
Lesson: Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed. Do you have a personal vision and mission statement? If not develop one today and run with it.
PRINCIPLE 3: Eagles do not eat dead things.
Eagles feed only on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals, but eagles will not.
Lesson:Be careful with what you feed your eyes and ears with, especially movies, television, magazines, and books. Steer clear of outdated and old information… Always do your research well. PRINCIPLE 4: Eagles love the storm.
When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift itself higher. This gives the eagle an opportunity to glide and rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees.
Lesson:We can use the storms of life to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably. So don’t give up.
PRINCIPLE 5: The Eagle tests before it trusts.
When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursuing her and she picks a twig. She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her.Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The faster it falls, the faster he chases it. He has to catch it before it falls to the ground. He then brings it back to the female eagle.
The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a higher altitude and then drops the twig for the male to chase. This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of catching the twig which shows commitment. Then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her.
Lesson:Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership.Don’t jump into a partnership based on impulse or even friendship.
PRINCIPLE 6: The Eagle Prepares for Changes:
When ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach. The male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth and picks thorns laying them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns.
When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass it on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thorns on the outside of the nest protects it from possible intruders. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest. Because they are scared, they jump into the nest again.
Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly.
The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for changes; the preparation for the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success; the being pricked by the thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning at all. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and live on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns.
Lesson: The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us (that difficult boss, that difficult lecturer, that difficult spouse, that difficult child etc.)
PRINCIPLE 7: The Eagle Knows when to Retire:
When an Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out.
Lesson:We occasionally need to shed off old habits & items that burden us without adding to our lives.We time to retreat, refresh, and recuperate. Time to mediate and renew our mind, and our strength. What do you while on vacation? Just shopping? Vacations should time to rest to reflect, and re-energize.
PRINCIPLE 8: The Eagle is a Monogamist (Loyalty):
The male Eagle only keeps one female partner during its life time, while there are known cases of flirting, they are exceptions and not the rule.
Lesson: We should be faithful in our relationship to God and man. How loyal are you to God? How loyal are you to your spouse? How loyal are you to your employer?
There is no consensus among researchers on Principle 7. According to the National Eagle Center and Reference.com; This is a myth that has circulated for centuries. The myth states that when eagles reach the age of 30, their physical condition critically deteriorates. By plucking out their bad feathers and beak, they are supposedly able to live another 40 years. While no one knows its origins, this myth may be derived from a biblical metaphor (Psalm 103:5 that says. “The youth is renewed like the eagle’s). An eagle would die if it plucked all its feathers and could not survive for more than a few days without food.
The position of researchers is that they have not seen any evidence from eagles they have been tracking.
So what do you think? Assuming it is a myth, there are still lessons to be learnt from it. Let’s hear your views.