Welcome to the Eagle Inspiration series. I hope you find the readings thought-provoking and inspiring. Please enjoy.

What is special about an eagle’s wings?

Eagles’ wings are built for soaring and gliding on updrafts of warm air (thermals). The long feathers are slotted and can separate to allow air to flow smoothly and to prevent the eagles from stalling when flying at slower speeds.

For many years, man has singled out the Eagle as a symbol of vision, leadership, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination, and grace. What makes this bird stand out so much above the rest? The eagle has long enjoyed the reputation of being King of the birds and being a powerful animal.

Working for a company called Eagle you would expect us to take inspiration from this beautiful and majestic bird of prey who flies alone at a high altitude where no other bird goes. Eagles have a strong vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and will succeed in life.

Unlike most other birds, the Eagle builds nests in the highest cliffs/trees they can find, and spend their time soaring in the heights. This means that the eagle naturally possesses greater perspective than almost any other bird out there. It is nearly impossible for any of us to excel and be successful without good vision. When we lack foresight, we cannot see the challenges or the possibilities that lie around us.  People who live in the heights set goals, discuss ideas, prefer peace, inspire others and press on toward greatness!

The eagle is a born leader! They chart their own course and are not followers. They are the symbol of independence! People who accomplish great things do so by flying solo from time to time. Solitude is necessary for personal growth.

When storms come, all other birds hide in the leaves and branches of trees for safety, while the eagle uses the storm’s wind to lift itself higher. The eagle escapes the storms by rising above the clouds, while all the other birds scatter. A person with vitality will use his/her problems to get stronger and stronger instead of succumbing to them. We shouldn’t let our problems define us.

Eagles do not sweat. Instead, they thermoregulate by panting with their mouth open or through heat loss through the unfeathered legs and feet. Unlike many birds, eagles flap their wings very infrequently. They know how to conserve their energy. A person, who will be stress-free, is a person who has learned that they can’t do everything. They flap but know when to stop and soar and get some good rest.

When the mother eagle sees that time has come for it to teach the baby eagle to fly, she gathers it on her back and begins to fly. She then gently swoops herself from below her little one. It is when the little eagle starts falling that it begins to discover what its wings are for. Our potential is locked inside us.  When it gets uncomfortable enough, we will eventually overcome our fears, jump out and fly!

The eagle possesses positive qualities and traits that are simply breath-taking, hence why we pattern ourselves around some of their traits.  Anyone can pull from these traits and hope you will be as inspired just as we have been by this animal.

Fly High. Be inspired by Eagles.

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Nick Thorne is the founder of Nick’s Digital Solutions Limited. He lives in Levin, New Zealand.

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