It’s Hard to Soar Like an Eagle When Your Flying With Sparrows
I love the grace and beauty of the bald eagle and how it flies effortless in the sky. I don’t get the pleasure to see the majestic bald eagle in the wild very often, but when I do, it’s a moment I always cherish.
On one particular day in Colorado, I saw a bald eagle gliding above the tree line as I drove home from work. It was being harassed by a flock of sparrows. The eagle changed directions several times in attempt to avoid the chirps and annoying swipes of the much smaller and quicker birds. My eyes remained fixed on the scene and I found myself feeling sorry for the eagle as the collection of birds would not leave it alone.
The eagle spread its wings and elevated to a much higher altitude in a matter of seconds. I watched in amazement as the eagle soared high above the sparrows and left them far below since they could not physically follow the eagle as it climbed higher into the blue sky. Eventually, the sparrows gave up and flew away and disappeared among the trees. The eagle continued to soar, effortlessly and free from the distractions of the smaller birds. It was free and able to explore its surroundings without the annoying sparrows harassing it. It was a beautiful life lesson for me.
Criticism can be painful and often distracts us from our purpose. We allow ourselves to get bogged down by the negative opinions of others, but like the eagle, we have the ability to rise above it.
Negative people, like the sparrows, like to travel in packs and attack others that are leading a life of significance. The fact is, it’s easier to criticize and travel at lower altitudes to stay in a “comfort zone”, but for those that pursue greater levels of success and choose to soar high above the masses, they learn to separate themselves from the negative influences of others, and reach for new heights in their lives and careers.
Life at a “higher altitude” is less crowded and a little scarier but holds a freedom that few ever experience. For most, they choose to live like the sparrows and congregate with the small minded among the trees.
If you want to truly lead a life of significance then learn to soar high above those that try to tear you down and you’ll discover how it feels to soar like an eagle.