Eagles are the most long-lived birds in the world with a lifespan of 70 years. By the time they reach 40 years of age, their claws will start to age, losing their effectiveness and making it hard for them to catch prey. Therefore, in order to live this long, the eagle must make the toughest decision at 40.
At that age, the beak is too long and curvy that it reaches its chest. Its wings, full of long, thickened feathers, are too heavy for easy flight. The eagle is left with 2 choices – do nothing and await death or go through a painful period of transformation and renewal. For 150 days, the eagle first trains itself to fly beyond the high mountains, build and live in its nest and cease all flying activities. It then begins to knock its beak against rocks till the beak is completely removed. When a new beak is grown, the eagle will use it to remove all its old claws and await quietly for new ones to fully grow.
When the new claws are fully developed, the eagle will use them to remove all its feathers, one by one. Five months later, when the new feathers are fully grown, the bird will soar in the sky again with renewed strength and is able to live for the next 30 years.
In life, sometimes, we have to learn to make difficult decisions so as to make room for changes. Changes bring about renewal. And the only way for us to soar again is to let go of old ways, old habits and old lives. For as long as we are prepared to put aside our old baggage – past glory or shame, past success or failure – be willing to become zero, with an empty cup mentality, we will be able to discover our potential and head towards a renewed perspective in any aspect of our lives.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
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