The Indian legend of the eagle that teaches us how to deal with changes

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Life constantly pushes us to make changes, but sometimes it is difficult to find the courage to take a new path.

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Life constantly pushes us to make changes, but sometimes it is difficult to find the courage to take a new path or simply accept that there are obstacles to overcome. A Indian folk legend, explains how to take flight.





We outline everything, we make our plans, projects but then everything doesn't go according to our rules. Because? Because life is a wonderful chaos and we cannot know in advance what will happen to us. However, we can be protagonists of our change, of the renewal of the spirit and learn that obstacles must be faced hard-nosed.

How many times have we found ourselves at a crossroads? In front of us there is uncertainty, behind us is a safe corner in which to take refuge. So let's spend our days thinking: to risk or not to risk?

Deciding to interrupt a love story that no longer goes, changing jobs, moving to another city etc etc, are all choices that bring with them joys and sorrows. But we must learn to deal with them, just like the eagle does that in a beautiful Indian folk legend, at some point finds himself having to make a difficult decision in order to continue living and flying.

The flight of the eagle: the legend

An Indian folk legend says that the eagle lives to be 70, but for that to happen, around the age of 40, he has to make a difficult decision. At this age, its claws are long and flexible, and are no longer able to grasp the prey it feeds on. Its beak, elongated and pointed, curves. The wings, aged and weighed down by very swollen feathers, point against the chest.
Flying is now difficult.

The eagle has only two alternatives: to let itself die or to face a painful process of renewal, lasting 150 days.

If he decides for the second option, the eagle then flies to the top of a mountain and retreats to an inaccessible nest, leaning against a rocky wall, a place from which he can return with a plane and safe flight. Here the eagle begins to bang its beak on the wall until it comes off, bravely facing the pain of this operation.



After a few weeks, a new beak grows back. With this, one by one, heedless of the pain, she tears off her old claws. When she grows back her new claws, with these and with her beak, she plucks all of her feathers from her body, one by one.

When the new feathers are reborn, the new eagle safely launches into the flight of renewal and begins to live again for another 30 years.

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What does this legend teach us?

The eagle's process of change and renewal is very similar to what can happen to any of us. There come moments in life when it is necessary to change, to be reborn. Without fear, challenges must be undertaken even if it involves a moment of transition that is never without pain. But without this change we cannot become what we want to be.



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