Monday, March 18, 2013

Eagle as a metaphor

Eagle is a powerful metaphor for me and it fascinates me. I used eagle as a metaphor to inspire my team.
I picked David McNally's "Even Eagles Need A Push" from my home library and find the following very rejuvenating to read:
The eagle gently coaxed her offspring toward the edge of the nest. Her heart quivered with conflicting emotions as she felt their resistance to her persistent nudging. "Why does the thrill of soaring have to begin with the fear of falling?" she thought. This ageless question was still unanswered for her.
As in the tradition of the species, her nest was located high on the shelf of a sheer rock face. Below there was nothing but air to support the wings of each child. "Is it possible that this time it will not work?" she thought. Despite her fears, the eagle knew it was time. Her parental mission was all but complete. There remained one final task - the push.
The eagle drew courage from an innate wisdom. Until her children discovered their wings, there was no purpose for their lives. Until they learned how to soar, they would fail to understand the privilege it was to have been born at an eagle. The push was the greatest gift she had to offer. It was her supreme act of love. And so one by one she pushed them, and they flew!

What an inspiring paragraph!  This role of eagle is applicable to parents, teachers, team leaders and everyone who care for people. This is a story of detachment, responsibility and care.


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