What inspires you to keep going, no matter what?
Is it an admirable person? A dynamic leader? A work of art?
Bald eagles inspire me. Watching them in my Seattle neighborhood reminds me to keep going, no matter what.
Why bald eagles? Because looking beyond humans for inspiration challenges mindset, and that helps us create new ways of thinking about how we can be our best selves. That includes learning from the world around us by thinking outside the norm. (Yes, we know most neighborhoods don’t have resident bald eagles, so I’m sharing ours!)
Over the years of observing bald eagles, I’ve discovered that they’re not that different from us.
They work hard to live, they mess up, and they keep at it. From the adults to their mottled offspring (it takes years for them to achieve the classic white heads and tails), they clearly have the basics in life nailed down.
These birds are fully present in the act of being bald eagles, even when they goof up. We, however, live in the most technologically advanced civilization ever, but many of us are stuck. Who isn’t for getting unstuck? So, let’s get some eagle inspiration.
Nail the Landing —
One morning I spotted several dozen crows and gulls in flight, harassing an eagle, who ignored them as it majestically landed in a fir tree. For an instant it was magical—then the eagle fell out of the tree. As it fell it immediately took flight, with the gulls and crows still after it.
Do you get cocky? Where do you need to tweak your life plans? How quickly do you recover from your goof-ups? In time to soar? Or do you crash? What would the difference be for you?
Respect your elders, and understand the risks —
She’s gone now, but my first cat, Grace the Cat, was strictly an indoor cat except for regular forays through our deck garden. You’d think she’d be clueless about the badass world out there, but you’d be wrong. She sat in the window, scolded the chickadees and crows, and spied on passing cats, raccoons, possums, squirrels, and even an occasional coyote, but … a bald eagle? One day Grace was strolling towards the sliding glass doors to the deck when an adult eagle, who was perched on the light pole across the street, swiveled its head and stared right at her. For one stunning instant Grace and the eagle were eye to eye, then Grace promptly flattened herself on the floor, head tucked under her arm. Smart cat, not taking any chances! Scold a crow, yes. Hunt an eagle? Never.
How street smart are you? What do you do when someone is bigger and badder than you are? Duck and cover? Change tactics? Play nice? Hide?
Run in a good crowd —
When bald eagles hang out, it’s with other bald eagles. Every other bird is either after them (clearly not successful, since the eagles ignore them) or respectfully hanging on the sidelines.
Who are the eagles in your life? Why? What do you learn from them? What do they learn from you? Do they inspire you?
Our challenge for greatness —
I’m willing to learn from nonhumans. Are you? It’s a lot less pressure and a lot more storytelling. The thing is, we know humans, even when we think we don’t. But observing nonhumans helps us see how others get along (or don’t), without all the game playing that humans do. They cut to the chase, so to speak.
Inspiration is all around us, and the lessons are priceless. Eagles don’t conform to the crowd, they are simply eagles, masters of the focused life.
As we observe and appreciate other life around us, we learn how to get unstuck from the daily grind—how to be who we are, regardless of the crowd. Which helps us soar, and makes us great.
What lesson will you take from this? Contact me for intuitive and spiritual consulting that can help you explore your life’s direction, where you want to go next, and how you can soar with the eagles. And as always, you’re invited to check out my wellness universe site.
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