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Create a New You

Friday, June 05, 2015   by: Penny Tremblay

the Eagle transforms itself later in life to be new againAre you ‘living the dream’?  Do you jump out of bed to dive into your awesome day?  We’re just one thought away from living at the top of our game.  The thought of believing you can, believing you’re able, capable and deserving.  You’re never to old to recreate yourself.  Have you ever thought ‘I need a new me’? … you can create a new you.

I love nature’s lessons.  Here is one I came across that I thought was amazing.  It’s about the Eagle, and how it transforms itself later in life, to be new again.

When eagles get older and weak because of worn out feathers, which slow down flight speed and manoeuvres, the eagles retire away in the rocks and will pluck all their old feathers until it is completely bare. It waits until a new set of feather grows and comes out of his body. It stays in the hiding place until all the new feathers comes back to make it fly dynamically and royally again without much effort or toil. This happens at about the age of 30. What happens is that when the eagles reach the age of 30, their physical body condition deteriorates fast making it difficult for them to survive. What is really interesting is that the eagle never gives up living, instead retreats to a mountain top and over a five month period goes through a metamorphosis. It knocks off its own beak by banging it against a rock, plucks out its talons and then feathers. Each stage produces a regrowth of the removed body parts, allowing the eagle to live for another 30 – 40 years, regaining its full potential.  Source

We can decide to reinvent ourselves and return to our full potential, or create a whole new life.  Transformation is within our reach, and similar to the five months that the mature eagle spends, can happen quickly.  Who would you be if you could reinvent your career or personal life?  Eagles symbolize power, freedom, beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination and grace.  Let their ways be an inspiration to you.

Another remarkable story is Jenni Byrne, a young woman from Eastern Ontario, recognized today as Ottawa’s most powerful woman, who left nursing school without graduating to rise to become the ultimate alpha in a political environment dominated by middle aged men with advanced degrees.

As I pack my suitcase and briefcase for Harvard Law School’s program Advanced Mediation, I am including my own beauty, bravery, courage, honour, pride, determination and grace.  I’m reinventing myself, but I’m keeping all my feathers of Workplace Relationships training, because they’re still young, current, awesome and shifting lives.  I’m just adding to the toolbox.

Wishing you lots of great thoughts, especially the thought of believing in yourself.

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