Thinking through my fingers

5 Lessons From The Eagle’s Rebirth

I have heard the word ‘Rebirth’ used many times. I even loved the lil wayne’s album titled ‘the Rebirth’. Funny thing about this was that i never really knew what Rebirth actually meant save for the fact that it’s related to eagles.

The good thing is that I now fully know the meaning of Rebirth thanks to a sermon I heard in church some months back. The implications of the Rebirth are what I intend to share here.

I know many people don’t really know anything about the Rebirth of an eagle, albeit might have heard of it. So,I’m going to tell the little ‘Rebirth Story’ and you too can learn before we delve into the lessons that can be learnt from it.

Eagles are magnificent birds. They are beautiful. They are powerful. They may fly high and see untold sights of God’s creation.

When one begins to research the life of an eagle they can end up with all sorts of fascinating thoughts. Consider the “Life of an Eagle” story that i am about to share (I researched this and it’s said not to be on any legal scientific journal).

The Rebirth

The eagle has the longest life-span of its species. It can live up to 70 years. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. In its 40′s its long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. Its long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountaintop and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its talons. When its new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its old-aged feathers. And after five months, the eagle takes its famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.

Lessons From The Eagle’s Rebirth include:


  • Decision



From the rebirth we would see the eagle had to decide to undergo the rebirth process or die at that stage of it’s life. Let me make something clear here,the decision was a hard one to make because it knew what it would take to complete it’s rebirth. But it made the decision anyway because it was the best decision it could make at that point of it’s life.


  • Following up On Decision



After deciding to do something,having to follow up on the decision might be very hard. This is caused most times by lack of determination.

Truth is when you decide to carry out something, the negative things that might become from following through on that decision might cause you to second guess yourself.

It takes your determination to make your decision a tangible one. Like in the rebirth of the eagle, it followed through on the decision to undergo the rebirth process because it was determined to live a little longer.


  • Killing the ‘Pity-party’ Syndrome



One thing that I believe can kill or moisten one’s determination is the presence of the pity-party. The pity-party syndrome(as I would call it) is when someone loves to get sympathetic platitudes on any predicament they find themselves.(It’s an unofficial definition by me).

The eagle had to leave everyone it knew and flew to the mountain top. This it did, not because it wanted to but because it had to avoid seemingly empathetic platitudes which would have derailed him from his goals.

Pity-parties have the tendency to moisten your determination and that’s bad news. The best thing to do when one has decided to do something for themselves, is to keep to oneself, avoid advice or suggestions that kill your morale. Your best bet when such advice are given is to superimpose your decision by purposing in your heart not to back out of you goals which you intend to achieve with the decision you’ve made.


  • It will get worst before it gets better



One thing I will like to think is a rule of thumb is that things get worst before it gets better.

This can be called the trying time in someone’s life. Think of the natural gold which has to go through fire before it becomes a fine,shiny and attractive finished product that people will spend thousands to acquire.

The eagle had to endure excruciating pain as it underwent the rebirth for the greater good. Imagine how it felt to pluck out the talons,feathers or even breaking out the old and bent beak.

That’s life! It’s not fair. But the good news is that after all the tribulation, good news or a miracle must suffice. Once you have this rooted in your mind that it will get worst before it finally gets better, then you will always be hopeful no matter the predicament you find yourself.


  • Change is a Constant Phenomenon



Change is constant! this is now a cliche but we will not stop saying it. Why? We won’t because change indeed is constant.

Change can be anticipated or unexpected. As in the case of a decision taken towards achieving a particular goal, change is anticipated. You planned for the change and so,a prepared mind is what change meets.

Change on the other hand is unexpected when one does think or planned for change to occur. May I mention that inasmuch as it’s unexpected,it could be a positive change though might not be fully utilized as it was not expected from the onset.

The eagle after five months of undergoing excruciating pain finally takes it’s famous rebirth flight. That was the change that occurred after 150 days.

We learn that change is something we should not grow weary of in life because it will continue to occur while we are living. Yes! change stops when you are dead.


The art of give and take is the only way we can achieve anything tangible. Well that was what I learnt from the rebirth. You have to be willing to do something inorder to get what you want. That’s how unfair life is,but we can not complain anymore about it.



  1. Etta Fey
  2. Danjuma, Elisha Asengbam

    the story of the eagle rebirth with the lessons you were able to come up with are terrific and quintessential of the secrete to living prolonged and successful lives as we all crave.


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