"You have to watch this!" is what my friend told me one night about a video clip.
We watched a Harpy Eagle ferociously snatch
up his dinner: a slow moving, and seemingly helpless, Sloth.
Although Sloths usually weigh about 9-17 pounds
and Harpy eagles weigh about 13-20 pounds,
the Eagle snatched up the Sloth with seeming ease.
Why didn't the Sloth move/ fight?
I have often thought about that Sloth.
He was complacent and the Eagle was content.
The Eagle was content (satisfied, but ready for more growth)
He was content soaring through the sky, but he was also ready for more.
The Eagle had an excellent view and wind blowing through it's wings,
but it was looking for something to add to it's contentment/ fullness.
Contentment conjures up images of a Thanksgiving meal.
But contentment is more than just a Thanksgiving meal.
It doesn't mean a stepwise approach to amassing more possessions,
but rather appreciating what we have and actively working to get better.
The Sloth was complacent ( Apparently complete, but actually dangerously lacking)
The Sloth had sunshine, a nice limb, a great view
and even a camera man observing him.
But he wasn't complete, he was dangerously lacking.
He lacked discernment and speed.
He was hunted while he complacently lounged.
Complacent is marked by self-satisfaction especially
when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies.
Monetary dangers are everywhere and now is not the time to be complacent.
Recreation isn't pleasant if we haven't intensely worked; it's complacency.
Ignorance isn't bliss, it's dangerous and epitomizes complacency.
Don't be lazy and slow like a sloth. Like the Eagle, soar for more.
More learning, more time with family, more time alone to reflect.
Be grateful and acknowledge what you have been given
and enjoy your victories, but make sure you are striving to be better
(especially better than your historical self).
(Photo courtesy Wikipedia)