Dene E. Gainey

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Get Over It

One thing that we might say is a guarantee in life is that we will have challenges. Things will happen. Things will shake us. Things may surprise us. Things may move us. However, we can get over it!

I have always been fascinated by flight, dating all the way back to childhood. On another note, I have a train fascination too. As an adult, I'll admit I've spent lots of time playing flight games during the little downtime I feel I have and I am completely content in my doing so. While airplanes taking off and landing provide some sort of therapeutic support for me, I'd like to focus more on the eagle today. The eagle that is the national bird of the United States of America...because of its fierce strength and ability above other types of birds. so full of experiences, small and great, positive and perceptively negative. Sometimes it's the feeling of 'when it rains, it pours...' or it's the feeling of 'going through the fire' when you feel like your being tested. Sometimes it seems like you are overcome with obstacles that seem insurmountable. What would the eagle say about it?

As I have read much about this powerful bird of prey, I believe there is much that we can learn from the eagle that may help to navigate our own courses in life, or at least I feel like it has helped me and continues to. It's all about perspective's all about how you view or where you are viewing from...the vantage point matters. The viewpoint influences what you see and how much of it you see as well as what you don't see or choose to 'over' look. The eagle is able to establish their residence above it all, 20-30 meters above the ground, with nests that are of great immensity. 

Another interesting eagle quality is their ability to adapt. Eagles are able to travel from very warm environments to environments are at the opposite temperature extreme. I wonder if, in the times of migratory isolation, the eagle gains the strength and intestinal fortitude to endure hard times because of its ability to be alone. Mind-blowing though is the idea that eagles have one million cones per square millimeter, while humans only have 200,000. That is mind-blowing vision indeed!

The most important point, however, is that due to the eagle's ability to 'get over it,' it is able to broaden its perspective, its view so that it can live in peace as well as conquer. The eagles' ability to fly high and keenly see enables it to spot and conquer what lies beneath, subduing its prey. It makes you look at trials and obstacles differently when you know you have the power to 'get over it!'