SOAR: Lessons from the Eagle (Part 2)
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Lesson Five – Be updated
The eagle is not a scavenger. They feed only on fresh prey, unlike vultures that feed on dead animals.
Always update yourself with fresh information in your field of endeavour. Avoid movies, chats and websites that will have no contribution to your goal. Avoid spending time on them. Steer clear of obsolete and outdated information, they do you no good. Study and research, go for seminars and conferences, feed yourself with the latest and avoid dead information. Seek new opportunities, there is no need crying over spilt milk. If a business does not work, seek another one. If plan A does not favour you, crate plan B. be entrepreneurial in your thought. Be creative – is the first commandment of God (Gen 1:27)
Lesson Six – Test before you Trust
The eagle knows that trust is too expensive to throw randomly to anyone. When a female eagle meets a male counterpart and they want to copulate, she flies down to earth with the male pursuing her and she picks a twig. Again, flies into the air with the male partner in the same race. When she approaches a height she considers most appropriate, she allows the twig to fall to the ground. The male goes after the twig as fast as possible, because he has to catch it before it hits the ground. When he gets hold of it, he quickly returns it to the female eagle. This continues till the female is ready to lay the egg, by then the female must have guaranteed that the male has become acquainted with catching twig. An act interpreted as a commitment. It is only then that will she will allow him to mate with her.
Take not anything at its surface level. Choose wisely, based on personality not only by facial appearance. In your relationship, be careful before you say yes. Remember, marriage is for a lifetime and not for the lease contract. The same thing appears in business. It is important to be careful with whom you enter into a partnership. Do not take a foolish risk and say trust has killed you. Test before you trust even if it takes longer.
Lesson Seven – Secure and Motivate your family
No place like home. The Eagle knows this. When they are ready to lay eggs, the female and male eagle discover a place on a cliff beyond the reach of enemies. The male then flies to earth to gather thorns and lays them on the gap of the cliff, then goes back to earth again to pick twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies down again to pick soft grass to make a bed and cover the thorns, he does this again and again, and then finally plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thrones placed outside the nest is to protect it from possible predictors. When the egg is laid, both the male and the female participate in protecting the family. While the female protects the eggs, the male goes in search of food for the family. After a few periods when the mother eagle considers the eaglets old enough to fly, she trains the young one by throwing him off the nest. She has to do this, if not the eaglet would not fly for the sake of fear.
Next, she throws off the grasses in the nest, leaving only the thrones. When the scared eaglet again jumps back into the nest, they are pieced by the thrones. Screeching and bleeding they jump out again, wondering why the lovely parents would be this harsh. The mother eagle then pushes them completely into the sky as they tremble in fear. At this point, the father eagle flies out and catch the eaglet on his back before he lands on the ground and brings him back to the cliff. This cycle goes on and on until the eaglet gets excited about the whole episode.
In life, family is very important. If you are to make a family, be ready for the responsibilities that follow it. Preparation for the family requires the active participation of both partners. The being pricked by the thrones reminds us that at times discipline is not comfortable. We, therefore, have to accept it not because it makes us feel comfortable, but because it is necessary for our development. Thorns of life will surely come our way, when they come, we may have to get out of our nests and comfort zones and live on.
Lesson Eight – Renew Yourself
At old age, the beak of an eagle gets so bad that he will find it difficult to open his mouth and take meat. He then smites his beak against a stone, and break off the growth that prevents him from eating. After this, he begins to enjoy food again. Old age also makes the wings of the eagle to grow weak and incapable to soar high. When he feels this condition, the eagles fly away to a rock. While there, he plucks out all the feather on his body until he’s completely bare. He then stays in that hiding place until they grow back and renews his vigour.
Self-reflection is very important in our life, as it enables us to see the things that we need to change or renew in our lives. It is very important to shed off bad habits, addictions and self-made bondage that limit us and make us rut. No one will do this job for us. It is our job to do it.
Proverbs tells us, “There be three things which be too wonderful for me, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air…” (Prov. 30:18-19).
The way of the eagle is a good motivation for all of us especially leaders in different spheres of life. May we learn the lessons of the eagle so we can soar higher.