Sunday, January 3, 2016

Time to Fly

The talons of winter are finally reaching deep into western Pennsylvania.  Low temperatures and cold winds tend to hasten our step, ironically at a time of year when we should remain still.  The new year reminds us that we have so much to do and little time to do it, yet we are frenzied, often confused about what to change and what to keep the same.

I set out for the woods and a leisurely hike to hopefully inspire me.  I stopped to listen to the silence and view scenery that I’d seen before but which didn’t look quite the same.  Eventually I was moved to strike an eagle pose along the river, a natural reminder that we cannot reach new heights without spreading our wings.  Sure, staying tucked in a familiar manner is safe and warm, but there are no guarantees that this will lead to a satisfying life or even what we want.

The problem is it’s difficult to let go when we’re comfortable … even if the very things we covet aren’t necessarily good for us.  But consider this little known fact:  Eagles often plunge into the water to catch fish.  Once captured, though, the prey becomes a burden (dare I say albatross?) that doesn’t allow the great bird to fly.  So the eagle must let go and remain hungry or hang on and swim – yes, eagles can swim using their wings as feathery oars – hoping to reach shore and savor the fruits of labor.

I think we've all had to choose between maintaining the status quo or going for it.  I hope the calendar change will see you soaring high and taking healthy risks that get you what you want.  THAT would be a happy new year indeed!

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