Let’s head out on the trail for today and consider eagles and what makes them such exceptional creatures. For all of my adult life, I have been a collector of eagle pictures and mountings. I especially love the Bald Eagle. They are so majestic. This also ties to one of my favorite Bible passages, which is Isaiah 40:28-31,
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
The eagle is the national bird in the United States and the symbol of almost all conquerors, be it Caesar or Hitler. The reason is the inspiration of the 7 amazing principles of an eagle.
1. Eagles fly alone at a high altitude.
They are not with sparrows or other smaller birds like geese. Birds of a feather flock together. No other bird goes to the height of the eagle. Even with eagles, other than their lifetime mate, it is rare to see them in a flock of other eagles.
Eagles fly with eagles.
Eagles can focus up to 3 miles from the air. When an eagle sites prey, even a rodent from this distance, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
2. Eagles have a powerful vision.
Eagles can focus up to 3 miles from the air. When an eagle sights prey, even a rodent from this distance, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
If you have a vision and remain focused, no matter what the obstacle, you will succeed.
3. Eagles do not eat dead things.
Eagles always feed on fresh prey. They do not indulge in that which is rotten or spoiled. Vultures eat dead animals but not eagles.
Steer clear of outdated and old information. Study well and always remain fresh in your knowledge.
Don’t let rotten attitudes, mindsets, or people pollute your life.
4. The eagle is the only bird that loves the storm.
When clouds gather, eagles get excited. The eagle uses the winds of the storm to rise and is pushed up higher. Once it finds the winds of the storm, the eagle stops flapping and uses the pressure of the raging storm to soar above the clouds to glide. This gives the eagle an opportunity to rest its wings. In the meantime, all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees. We can use the storms of our lives (obstacles, trouble, etc.) to rise to greater heights.
Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.
5. The eagle tests before it trusts.
Eagles mate for life, so 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 still 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 until he reaches it and has to catch it before it falls to the ground, then bring it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a much higher altitude pursued by the male until she perceives it high enough, and then she drops the twig for the male to chase. This may go on for hours with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of picking the twig, which shows commitment. Then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her!
Whether in private life or in business, one should test the commitment of people intended for partnership.
6. Eagles prepare for training.
When about to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff or tree where no predators can reach. The male flies to earth and at first picks thorns and lays them as the foundation for the nest on the crevice of the cliff. Then he flies to earth again to collect twigs, which he lays in the intended nest. Then he picks thorns and lays them on top of the twigs. On top of that, he lays soft grass covering the thorns. Finally, the male will find strips of cloth to put on the grass. When this first layering is complete, the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, grass, and cloth and lays them on top of the thorns, then he uses soft feathers to complete the nest.
The thorns on the outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. When the baby eaglets become old enough and it is time to leave the nest, the soft layers are removed so that it will become uncomfortable for them to remain long-term.
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.
7. Eagles mate for life and return to the same nest.
Once a suitable mate is chosen, eagles will generally mate for life. If one of the eagles dies, the surviving mate will choose another one that is suitable. Generally, the pair will return to the same nest each year, repairing, enlarging, and improving its design.
Once we have chosen a suitable mate and companion, we should remain faithful for life. Our families and homes should be a solid base that we can return to.
Within our Wisdom Note today, we have learned some amazing principles from eagles that we can apply and follow each day. Whenever you see an eagle in the future, remember these principles.