Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle, a photo by Fergiemoto on Flickr.  (click on photo to enlarge)

no fences to confine
yet unable to soar great heights

Recently, we visited a local aviary that had two resident golden eagles, this being one of them.  At first, we found it odd that their exhibit was in the open, with no fencing to keep them from flying away.  There was only a short fence to keep visitors at a distance.  Then we read the information posted about them.  Both eagles had lost one of their wings in the wild and were unable to fly, and unable to leave.  The eagle in this photo kept trying to fly, though.  Each time, it would position itself for takeoff, spread it’s wing, jump off the log, crash hard to the ground, and clumsily pick itself up and jump back on the log.  The other eagle did not attempt to fly while we were there.  These eagles will never be able to soar majestically to great heights again…at least not on their own.

Regardless of how hard we try, there are things we may never be able to do again, whether the restriction is physical, or the risk of physical or emotional injury far exceeds the benefits of persisting.  There may also be other stressful situations in our life that are out of our control and that we are unable to change.  Although difficult, acceptance is key.  Then we can decide what to do about the situation, and determine the best course of action that allows us to move forward in a healthier way.

What are some things you have had to accept?


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cat Forsley
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 17:54:26



  2. buckwheatsrisk
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 20:08:25

    that i will never have the parents i wish for but i have a wonderful Hubby and dear friends that are my family. 🙂


  3. mcolmo
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 22:56:53

    That’s a beautiful photo. I am here thinking what is it that I have had to accept… but I can’t think of anything. 😦


  4. TBM
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 00:57:07

    The poor eagles…not being able to soar would be a huge thing to accept for them. I’ve learned to accept that not everyone will treat you the way you want them to treat you. I can only control myself, not others.


  5. granbee
    Jun 11, 2012 @ 16:57:09

    I applaud this one-winged golden eagle for not giving up and feel that someday soon it will come to a state of calm acceptance of its limitations. I have had to accept the fact the my old injuries simply will not allow me to play the piano with virtuosity ever again. I can play quite acceptably to accompany hymn singing in simple church services and occasionally burst out into several pages of a concerto I once played easily. I am learning to convert my musical impulses into my poetry with rhythmical experimentation and joy!


  6. Indira
    Jun 12, 2012 @ 11:37:33

    Very beautiful photograph. Totally agree with you, acceptance is the key word.


  7. LediaR
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 04:45:14

    Amazing photograph!


  8. NYParrot
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 14:48:07

    What a great analogy!


  9. Rambling Woods
    Jun 14, 2012 @ 21:15:06

    There is a beauty and dignity even with one wing…I should learn from this wing isn’t everything..there is still beauty and ways to soar…Michelle


  10. zendictive
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 18:38:47

    wow, awesome (O_O)


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