Our 31 days to the inner rhythm of the heart, the root foundation of a house of peace, is in progress. In the vein of those who are setting a New Year’s intention with “one word”, I offer the word of today to you: eagle. Read on for more…
In my part of the country, there has been much talk, affection and observation of the nesting bald eagle couple at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Eagles mate for life, and this wonderful eagle pair built a nest at Berry College in 2012. For this nesting season, the couple returned in September of 2013. An egg was laid on January 14, 2014 and eaglet B3 hatched on Saturday, February 22nd. The Nest Cam has had over 7 million views, which is remarkable! If you would like to see streaming video of B3 and his parents, you can see it here: http://www.berry.edu/eaglecam/
I love the little descriptions sometimes provided about the eaglet. On March 10, 2014, it was written, “The eaglet is fine. B3 ate a lot and slept a lot today. It also did some wing flaps and attempted steps around the nest.”
These simple moments in the lives of the eagles remind me that family life does not have to be complicated. Being with children does not have to be complicated. Listen to the small voice you have inside of you. You are the expert on your family. You can do things differently if you feel empowered to do so. It takes some perseverance to change how we communicate, or to go back and work on our own reactions to things, but we can do it.
The eagles return year after year to the same nesting spot and fortify their nests with branches. Eagles’ nests are the largest of any North American bird, with some nests up to 13 feet deep and over 8 feet wide! Just like the eagles, we can think of the strength we can bring to our families and how we build our families when we do the things that we know are right. Loving each other, building strong relationships and caring for one another is always a sign of a strong family. It is a family that does not need yelling or harsh words but instead relies upon love and communication. And in this way, we raise up the next generation to be strong, and to raise our grandchildren in this strong way. The way of peace is full of simple moments and simple choices. Choose love.