When the falcon reaches the age of 40, its claws begins to age, resulting in an undermined capability of grabbing prey. The falcon’s beak becomes long and curved. Its wings become heavy due to its feathers growing long and thick, causing difficulties in flying.
It has only two choices: either to die, or to undergo a process of an extremely painful and tempering transformation that lasts for 150 days.
It must attempt to fly to the top of a mountain, then nest on the rugged mountain, and stay there without flying. There, it must use its beak to strike a stone, until its beak completely falls off.
Then, it must wait in silence for the new beak to grow, and then use the new beak to remove each of its claws. After the new claws grow, it must use its claws to remove all of its feathers, one by one.
The new feathers take 5 months to grow. When that finally happens, the falcon can begin to fly again, resuming a brand new life of an additional 30 years.
Like the falcon, we also
want to experience renewal
In our lives, how many times do we have to confront dilemmas where critical decisions need to be made.
It is this time that we have to change ourselves from the inside, to adapt to new situations.
This process might require us to let go of all previous bad habits, mentalities, or even life views. Do we dare to learn from past lessons to develop new selves just as the falcon does?
Could we endure all the possible hardships that this process might involve, to head forward to a new future?
Amidst depression, could we manage to gather enough energy, strength and will to strive forward?
Can we be as brave as the falcon and renew ourselves?
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