“ As an eagle that stirreth up her nest, That fluttereth over her young, He spread abroad his wings, he took them, He bare them on his pinions” Deuteronomy 32:11
Moses the lawgiver wrote this verse in the Bible. I imagine he observed eagles when he went up Mount Sinai to get the law. During the time of training the eaglets to fly, the mother eagle throws them out of the nest. Due to fear they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. Ouch! When the scared eaglets again jump into the nest, thorns prick them. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air. As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and catches them up on his back before they fall and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for some time until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly. Wow! Life is pretty much like that – you experience the discomfort, the frustration, the pricks and the situations, which push us off the cliff.
Lets unpack a few lessons:
- Don’t stay in the nest (comfort zone) forever – there are worlds to explore
- You will never know the joys of flying if you stay in a nest
- Challenges are an opportunity to learn not to destroy you
- Beyond temporary discomfort, there is permanent comfort
- A nest is great for babies, but bad for grown ups – keep growing!
Fear is a liar – beyond the pain there is gain. Leave your nest, spread your wings and fly.