“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud”. Carl Sandburg (1878-1967)
This quote struck a cord with me and prompted me to consider the strengths in both extremes of ways of being when we relate them to living as a human.
Soaring like an eagle offers us a wide perspective, suggests high energy, alertness, the capacity to focus in on opportunities and swoop in to take advantage where it shows itself. It’s the powerful, directed, energetic and ‘go getting’ part of who we are.
The Hippopotamus relies on its size and power to live the life that it is suited to. It has no predators other than man to which unfortunately it is a regular victim. It spends most of its time wallowing around enjoying the environment that it chooses, grazing on foods that are within easy reach and need no hunting. It has a slow, easy going way of life rising to the bait when needed and showing itself as one of the most dangerous animals on the planet.
Neither option on its own sounds too appealing as a human. Being the human form of an eagle permanently feels like it could present a life full of stress and tension, always needing to be on the alert as a matter of survival. While life in the hippopotamus style for a human could lead, if nothing else, to severe obesity and lethargy as well as serious health issues.
Creating a blend of the energies of these magnificent creatures feels very good to me. In a pick and mix sort of approach, I choose the focus and clarity of the eagle that enables me to pick up on opportunities that come my way with ease and grace and blend that in with the laid back, relaxed and rather luxuriant approach to life of the Hippo (although personally, I think I will choose to give the mud bath a miss!).
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