Our trip yesterday to Indianapolis was amazing. When I say that we were with eagles… that may be an understatement!!! Is there such a thing as a “Super Eagle”? If not, then there should be!!! These folks are remarkable and I’m glad to be a part of the Visalus Family.
I’ve been stuck on eagles for the last couple of days and I wanted to share some ‘fun’ facts about them. I do ask this one thing tho… In reading these facts about eagles, check out your own life, mentality and circumstances and ask yourself, “How can I be more like an Eagle?” or better yet, “How can I BE an Eagle?”
1. Bald eagles sit at the top of the food chain.
2. 60-90% of their diet consists of fish.
3. Eagles can open and close their talons at will.
4. They are strong swimmers and they are able to take flight from the water.
5. A hungry eagle can be dragged into the water when refusing to let go of a large fish causing it to drown.
6. The average home hunting area for a bald eagle is between 1,700 – 10,000 acres.
7. They have been seen hunting in pairs.
Here are my thoughts on these seven facts about eagles…
When it comes to the ‘food chain’, we have to make a decision to be at the top. All too often, we consider ourselves victims of our circumstances. Eagles don’t allow themselves to be victims but victors. They rise above the situation and take command of it!!!
Their diet consists mainly of fish. Did you know that eating certain types of fish can improve your heart health by increasing the omega-3 fatty acids that our bodies can’t produce? Eating fish like salmon, sardines, tuna and some shellfish can restore the omega balance to our bodies and prevent cancer and heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that we eat seafood at least twice a week!!!
Regarding their talons… Did you know that eagle talons are among the largest and strongest in the bird world? The Eagle has 3 toes in the front and 1 in the back. Because of this design and their shear strength, they literally grab their prey and carry it away. Bald eagles have the power to crush the bones of their prey, up to 400psi. The talons being retractable is the key because, they have the ability to “let go”. Sometimes, we take on more than we can handle. Knowing how and when to let go is an art that we ALL must master.
Yes, eagles are strong swimmers. I know you’re looking at this and saying, “Jackie, you’re crazy!! Eagles don’t swim!” On one level, you are right. They don’t swim like ducks and geese but in pursuit of their food… they do what is necessary AND they can take off from the water’s surface!! Eagles are birds of the AIR. Being in the water is NOT where they belong but when they are faced with a situation that takes them out of their comfort zone… they have the POWER to overcome it and take flight!!!
Everything isn’t all peaches and cream with the eagle tho… a hungry eagle is a dangerous one. Not only is it a danger to others (as prospective prey) but it can become a danger to itself. Earlier I talked about how the talons can retract, allowing the eagle to let go. But, when an eagle gets excited, it can forget to do this simple task and kill itself. When we don’t step back and re-evaluate situations then WE PUT OURSELVES in a dangerous position that could ultimately kill us. All because we didn’t let go…
The average HOME hunting area is 1,700-10,000 acres. Especially as business people, we tend to limit ourselves to our “backyard”. My question to you is this, “How big is YOUR backyard?” I’ve had business associates that laughed at me when I said that my services span from Florida to Canada to California to South America!! But, then again, they weren’t eagles!!! I’m looking to the future!!! We’re going international baby!!!
And finally, eagles mate for life and will usually look for a new mate only if its companion dies. Now, that’s staying power!!!
So, again my question to you is… In reading these facts about eagles, check out your own life, mentality and circumstances and ask yourself, “How can I be more like an Eagle?” or better yet, “How can I BE an Eagle?”
I love you ALL!!!