The Eagle Chooses

The eagle has the longest life-span of its' species and can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the Eagle must make a hard decision in it's 40's. Its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey for food, its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its chest and make it difficult to fly.

The Eagle is left with only 2 options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days for survival. The process requires the Eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There it knocks its beak against a rock until it falls out. The Eagle will wait for a new beak to grow. When its new talons grow, the Eagle starts plucking its old feathers and after 5 months, it can take its flight of rebirth and live for 30 years more.

Moral: Many times, in order to survive, to live an enjoyable life, we have to start a change process. We need to get rid of old memories, habits and sins. Freed from past burdens, we can take advantage of the present and future. Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may need to go back a bit, to experience some pain.

In order to be free, we must learn to let go. Release the hurt and fear, refuse to entertain your old pain, give up the depressing cycle of sin. The energy it takes to hang on to that part is holding you back from a new life. If we stay imprisoned by fear, by lack of courage to embrace the life that Allah wants from us, we will miss out on the whole reason for being on earth!

Facts on the eagle are not verified, but the lesson remains