An adult male eagle, found injured along the shores of the St. Croix River in March, will be released today, after it’s five months of recovery at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, 8-24-2011. Raptor Center development director, Jennifer Vieth, said, “He’s feisty and ornery and ready to go.” There is quite a bit we can learn from observing nature to improve our own quality of life and growth. Observations from the life of an eagle:
- We all have great potential. The eagle is hatched as a tiny helpless eaglet. What is potential for one is potential for all.
- Don’t play it safe. An eagle that is afraid of flight and stays in the nest, never risks falling, but also never soars with glory. The eagle from the Raptor Center is “feisty and ornery and ready to go,” he is being an eagle, eschewing comfort and facing the world ahead.
- Don’t rush life. The baby eaglet needs time to grow, develop, and gain strength so that in due time, it can soar to the sky. When we rush our lives, impatient for the next stage, we miss the joys of today. When we rush our jobs or ventures, we may make needless shortcuts that can impede our success. Everything happens in it’s own time.
- Keep the flow of energy. The eagle, like all on this earth, is part of nature, all interconnected and dependent on others. The eagle cannot live, without food, which it catches, and the air, derived from the trees it nests in. The eagle does not hoard food. We too, need be aware of the interconnectedness of others and nature…keeping the flow of give and take. When we greedily hold onto more than we need, we limit the flow of energy and begin our own demise.
- Know our purpose. The eagle does not try to be anything other than what it is. We too, are at our best when we live with purpose, knowing whom we are, giving and serving others.
- The eagle doesn’t judge. The eagle does not discriminate nor judge one species of eagles from another as superior. We too, thrive when we live with acceptance and non-judgment.
- The eagle is humble in that it knows it is not the biggest entity in the world. The moment we loose our humility and believe our life is more important than another’s, for whatever reason; we are lost.
- The eagle does not search for only comfort. If the eagle were to sit in its nest, comfortably watching the worlds go by, it would die. The eagle goes out, searches for food, faces the storm, and soars to the skies.
- Live in the present. The eagle does not worry about the future, nor does it carry grudges or fear from it’s past. The eagle lives constantly in the present moment.
- Nothing Dies. The eagle will eventually succumb to death, yet science has shown that energy cannot die. It too, will live on, it’s energy transforming into something else and its body will go back to the earth and transform as well.
Thank-you for reading.