With credit to Todd Beal, I am paraphrasing his blog post. The eagle has the longest life span among birds. It can live up to 70 years old, but to reach this age it has to transform itself. After forty years old, its long and flexible talons can grab prey. Its beak becomes bent. Its old and heavy wings, due to thicker feathers, become stuck to its chest, making it difficult to fly. The eagle is faced with the decision: go through a painful process that can take roughly 150 days to change or die. The process requires that the eagle fly to the top of a mountain and sit atop its nest. There the eagle knocks its beak against a rock until it loosens enough to fall out. It then waits for a new beak to grow in so that it can pluck out its old feathers. After five months, the transformed eagle takes of in new flight and lives for 30 more years.

Why is change needed? Many times, in order to survive, we need to get rid of old memories, old habits, and other past traditions. Only when freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present and take flight into the future.

Maybe America needs to take a lessong from its icon the eagle, in order to life life in crescendo.

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