You probably know I am a student of the eagle. We have sculptures on our property and I continue to study the characteristics of these magnificent creatures. I’m working on a new book, “Why Eagles Fly”. Here’s another important trait we see, dealing with the willingness to stand alone if necessary.
Gracious Autonomy – not an arrogant self-centeredness, but a comfortable willingness to go alone if necessary. The Latin saying “Aquila non captat musca” (The Eagle doesn’t catch flies) is used to indicate that wise people don’t engage in minor activities. While others may engage in petty talk or activities, the Eagle will embark on its own mission. Overprotective families tend to produce chickens; critical families can create vultures. Soft, sentimental families may produce pigeons that strut and coo, and who run for cover in the storms. Families to whom life is a party can produce sparrows who flit here and there chattering meaninglessly. But an Eagle family is different. It is exposed to wind and weather and sun. And yet there is a quiet confidence, a solidarity to stand against the current winds of fashion and popular trends.
In order to fulfill our unique possibilities, we must put aside conformity. There is a human tendency to believe that whatever the great majority of people are doing must be right or there wouldn’t be so many doing it. Whether it’s driving a Chevy, buying clothes at the Gap or eating at McDonald’s, following the crowd shows that you are “in” or at least knowledgeable. However, this is absolutely wrong. The best is never the most popular. In fact, the good is often the enemy of the best. Surely we know McDonald’s does not provide the most healthful, nutritious food. Popular; yes. The best, not a chance.
Be careful of your associates. Remember, you acquire much of the thinking, mannerisms and characteristics of the people you are around. “Make no friendships with an angry man, and with a furious man thou shalt not go. Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.” Prov. 22: 24-25