I have been studying about animals and the lessons we can derive from their special features and the way they live.
Indeed, God is a wonderful creator and a master crafter. He has beautifully created all things for special purposes. He framed nature in such a way that we can learn a great deal of lessons from it. One of the most powerful and fascinating creatures ever to be created is the eagle. It has a lot of special features and abilities that we can deduce a lot of lessons from. In the Bible, the book of Isaiah compares the one who waits upon the Lord to the special abilities of the eagle. It says that they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up on wings of eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and never faint. This literally points to the fact that eagles are wonderful creatures that we must emulate and learn from their lifestyle.
How well do you know these fascinating and powerful creatures called eagles? They are special birds with several life lessons.
1. They have an excellent vision
Eages are known to have a unique eyesight. Their eyesight is estimated to be 4 to 8 times stronger than that of the average human. They can see their prey, obstacles and everything about 3.2km (2 miles) away. That is extraordinary. As they descend from the sky to attack their prey, the muscles in the eyes continuously adjust the curvature of the eye balls to maintain sharp focus and accurate perception throughout the process. They are also swift enough to reach their target.
This teaches us to set clear visions and be focused in life. Yes, life is full of obstacles and problems from the family, workplace, school, etc. But today the eagle is teaching us to be focused, have clear visions and pursue them, no matter what. Our eyes are not as strong as that of the eagle but our brains are. And we must learn to look into the future with the eyes of our brain. We must set clear and purposeful visions with the power of the brain which is designed to be like the eyes of the eagle. Are your goals short term or long term? Can your goals stand the test of time and uncertainties of the future? Think about it.
2. They fly alone and with their own kind
Eagles mostly fly alone. And when there's the need for them to fly in groups, they fly with their very own kind.
Most often than not, we turn to depend too much on others for our survival and success. Man is frail. You can't depend solely on man. You must get right on by yourself. Remember, I am not denying the fact that there's more strength in unity. That is very true. But have you ever made a nice decision but when it was time for you to make it a reality, people tend to discourage you? I have, and that's what I mean here. Moreover, let's seek for like-minded people who have the same plan as ours and walk with them. By this our success is guaranteed.
3. They fly at very high altitudes in the sky
It is estimated that the bald eagle can fly up to about 10,000 feet high. They have great power and the ability to fly very high into places in the sky that no bird can. No cloud can be an obstacle.
This teaches us that no matter who we are, where we come from, or what we do, we should never hesitate to set excellent and far-reaching plans for ourselves. Obstacles shouldn't deride us of reaching the highest level we possibly can. We need to have what is called "the need for achievement ( n-Ach)." n-Ach is a psychohical motivational theory which talks about a striving for achievement and excellence. It means the intrinsic (not extrinsic) need to master and accomplish difficult things.
4. Eagles only feed on live meat/food
Eagles never feed on dead animals. They grab their prey with the claw in such a way that it doesn't have to die before they reach their destination.
We must be current enough. We must focus on the present and the future only. The past is just there to teach us to know how to understand and appreciate today, so that we can be able to move right on into the future. We must stop flogging a dead horse. We must avoid wasting our precious time and energy on the past and focus on the present and the future only. Be abreast of current issues by doing enough research and studies
5. Eagles love stormy clouds very much.
When eagles see storm clouds gather around, they get excited and come around. Why? Because they know that the stormy winds will help carry them to fly higher over the clouds. Above the clouds, they can rest their wings and become much more stronger.
Get excited when you see and meet the storms of life. Don't get intimidated. Challenges often bring opportunities. Many times, life's opportunities are hidden and embedded in these challenges that we face. We must therefore embrace challenges with excitement, knowing that we shall eventually meet success at the end of it all. And most importantly, the challenges and difficulties we see on the road to success are rather to groom, train, edify and prepare us to become fit enough to handle success when we finally meet it.
6. An Additional Feature of the Eagle
The mother eagle carefully prepares the nest for it's eggs. After the eggs become hatched, and the time comes for the eaglets to learn how to fly, the mother eagle starts to break the carefully prepared beautiful nest it made by removing the comfort layers available to the eaglets, leaving only thorns, sticks and pricks. The mother eagle eventually begins to throw the eaglets out of the uncomfortable nest. This is repeated severally until the eaglets begin to fly. Most of the attempts made by the eaglets end them up bleeding from the pricks and sticks of the damaged nest. The mother eagle, however, is never perturbed. Does this sound heartless? This is how eagles learn to fly over 10,000 feet high.
We must be ready to pass through the fire, thorns, sticks and pricks if we are determined to be named among successful people.
I hope the lessons are clear enough, and you can readily identify them.
© 2020 Ernest Festus Awudey