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!