Yesterday morning a bald eagle came to visit me at our home on Flathead Lake in Northwestern Montana. I saw him on a tree just off our deck, as I opened the door to let our dog, Koda, outside. It was a chilly morning and I was still in my robe. Not wanting to miss this opportunity, I quickly grabbed my camera and ran back out to the deck, only to find it covered with a thin coat of ice. (I almost went flying.)
It was disconcerting how this eagle just sat there in the tree looking at me. I was freezing as I wasn’t dressed for the weather, but I couldn’t bear to tear myself away from him.
In the 20 minutes or so that I spent with the eagle, I felt as if he were there to remind me of wisdom I’d forgotten or to teach me something I needed to know.
My first view of him was as the sun was still reaching this part of the lake.
Here are some quick things I learned from the eagle:
Be ready for SURPRISE in your life. Magic can appear around the next corner, just as I didn’t expect to see him.
Take the time to allow childlike WONDER to be a part of your life. Soak in the magnificence.
APPRECIATE the beauty and joy in the world around you and more will be given to you. The more I kept saying “Thank You” to the eagle, the longer he stayed.
Live in a state of AWE at the magic in each individual moment. The beauty is always there if we pause to find it.
EXCITEMENT is a good thing! The thrill of being so close to this eagle kept my mind off other things (like being cold) and helped me to focus just on the moment.
VISUALIZE what you want. I saw the perfect shot in my mind and knew that he would turn his head to give me the perfect angle – and he did.
PATIENCE is important when you’re waiting for something that you can’t control- like the sun. I waited more than 10 minutes in the cold for the sun to light the bird’s perch to make my photo beautiful- and it was worth the wait. The photos before the sun arrived don’t compare to the beauty of the natural light.
CHALLENGES are a part of life. When the camera battery died, I was worried that he’d fly away if I left for a minute. I practiced HOPE and FAITH that that he’d stay right where he was as I ran back inside for a new battery- and he did!
I was very GRATEFUL that he waited for me and was so happy to get this shot when I returned.
ABUNDANCE is there for us, if we only believe it is. This eagle stayed and posed for 37 photos!
I felt such a feeling of CELEBRATION at the success of this morning. I knew some of these photos were going to be amazing.
I was very GRATEFUL for the experience and LUCKY to be able to share it with people in cities around the world who may not be lucky enough to see an eagle out their back door.
This eagle reminded me to LIVE IN THE MOMENT, for when we do, we can find beauty all around us.
As our photo session concluded, the eagle took one last look at Koda and me and flew off across the lake. As he left, he reminded me that no matter how good or how bad thing might be, nothing is permanent. LIFE IS CHANGE and is in constant flow, but there is beauty if you just pause to find it.
Today, go look for your eagle. I don’t mean this in a literal sense, but rather, look for the beauty around you and see what you can learn from it. Take the time to really pause and ask yourself what you too can learn from the situation.
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