Great men and women are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. ~ Unknown
When the mother eagle is expecting her young as you can see from the pictures above, she prepares a large nest high on the edge of a tree in a cliff. She fashions it out of giant branches and sharp thorns. She then fills it with layer upon layer of soft feathers.
When the baby eagles arrive and start getting all comfy-cozy in the nest, do you know what the mother eagle does? Each day she removes a few more feathers until, finally, the nest becomes unbearable. She does this deliberately, knowing full well that unless she forces her little ones out of their comfort zone, they’ll never take that leap of faith. They’ll never know what it means to soar.
Well, finally the little eagles can take it no longer. They climb to the edge of the nest and look down into the giant chasm below. Their hearts are gripped with fear, but what they’ve got is so bad, the unknown could hardly be worse. They mount their courage and take the leap of faith, realizing that their wings are completely untested. They have no skill, no experience, no backup plan. They have absolutely no cause for confidence.
The baby eagle continues plummeting toward the earth, and just when it seems all hope is lost the mother eagle swoops underneath her and allows her to mount up on her wings. For the first time in her life she knows what it means to soar. From that moment on, there’s no holding her back. She is free from fear. Confident.
The point of the story, of course, is that when things are comfortable, we tend to sit tight, stay where we are, and not stretch ourselves. When everything is going our way, we may not spread our wings. It’s only when things get bumpy, or thorny, that we start casting around for alternatives.
Like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.