Last week I spotted this juvenile eagle perched high in a tree. He was a magnificent being, strong and fierce. Juvenile eagles don’t reach maturity until their fifth year of life, which is later than smaller birds who mature at one year of age. As I watched him, I had a wondering.
A mature eagle is the most powerful of the birds of prey, yet he doesn’t abuse his power. Perhaps the 5-year maturity window is a training period with the Spirit of the Earth. Maybe that time is needed for the eagle to learn to use his immense power wisely.
With power comes much responsibility, and a level of maturity is needed in order to possess such a gift. Perhaps the eagle learns that power is not used to intimidate or to impose one’s own beliefs, or to take more than what is his to take, or to prove his self-worth.
As a human living in a world where power is often misunderstood and misused, it’s reassuring to consider that it isn’t meant to be that way.
There is so much to be learned from the natural world…
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