Soar or Die?

When an eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as far as he should go. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out.

The eagle is the most powerful creature of the air. However, in  its 40th year it has to make the painful decision to die or live another 30 years. See at this age its beak is now bent and crooked and he can’t pick up things/ food/prey like he used to. It also has too many feathers at this age,  and it is therefore difficult to soar like it used to. So if it wants to live, it has to muster its strength and fly up to the mountains and smash its beak against a rock and break it off. He then has to wait 5 months for another one to grow. When it grows back, the Eagle then plucks out some of the feathers so that it can soar again. 

Like the eagle, sometimes in order for us to progress we have to make the painful decision to get rid of some things. We cling to some of these things because they have become things that we rely on because they define us in a lot of ways. But if we want to LIVE we have to identify things that are holding us back, and break them off of us. We have to identify, like the feathers, those things that are weighing on us down that’s preventing us from soaring. Identify what’s holding you back and cut them off. 

Just like the eagle, when we are weighed down with life and it’s challenges, we cannot sit and die, sometimes we have to make the painful decision to “shed” and “break some things off”.  See, the main reason the eagle flies up to a mountain is because it has to protect itself from predators. He is now in a vulnerable position, a position one he is not accustomed to. This is the same thing that we have to do. We can’t make the necessary changes without soaring higher. This soaring may mean getting closer to God, leaving some relationships, letting go of hurts and pain inflicted by others.  Sometimes it involves solitude and pulling away from others(whether temporarily or permanently). 

What is important to note though, is that it is necessary.

Published by Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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