Posted on: September 5, 2022 Posted by: diasporadigital Comments: 0

A Monthly Inspirational Viewpoint of Life’s Journeys with Sonia Wignall

Episode Six

A quote from the “Art of War” speaks volume about the empowering mobility of strategy, which symbolises the mind of an “Eagle”.

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Art of War

This means fighting without directly engaging the enemy, allows you to win by strategy, not the release of excessive physical or emotional energy. Staying empowered in the battle is a practiced and conscious art form. Not easy, but possible.

The Eagle is an amazing and very intentional creature, they can fly up to an altitude of 10,000 feet, yet land swiftly. They are guarded by set visions. They are strong-willed and not fearful. Eagles are tenacious. Eagles are high aimers.Eagles never feed on dead matter. An eagle never eats dead meat. In other words, an eagle does not scavenge; or to put it another way, an Eagle does not bother with things that have no life. Wow!

“When we are not in Eagle motion, or mindset, we can easily allow ourselves to be disempowered, fearful, and distracted by what is going on around us.”


I, like others, often get blindsided by someone’s inappropriate or impolite comment about who they think I am, or about something I am engaged in. When I am not careful, I can get dragged into a superficial conflict with no win and emerge emotionally and physically exhausted with nothing accomplished except wasted time, energy and focus. In those moments, I was paying attention to the “dead things”.

It has been proven that many of our physical and emotional maladies are direct manifestations of stress. Stress that is self-inflicted, or that which we voluntarily, by choice, participate in. When we are not in Eagle motion, or mindset, we can easily allow ourselves to be disempowered, fearful, and distracted by what is going on around us.

To our benefit, there have been many historical leaders and “windmakers” (social, geopolitical and global change makers) that have exemplified the “Art of Eagle Leadership”. The late ‘Freedom Fighter’ and Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, modelled Eagle leadership, of which we can all learn a lot.

He chose that no matter the range of his physical imprisonment, he would remain with an” Eagle mindset”, rising above the fray, and leaving the chickens in fear beneath him. He did not focus on “dead things, or things that he knew were about to die. His strategy was how to create the change (windmaking), and then how to proceed once the change was made.

He consciously chose the most important battle for change and worked at developing a strategy for the win. Like the “Eagle” he was visionary, tenacious, strong willed and aimed high. His style, focus, and discipline were epic and well executed. With this, change was inevitable and in time, his freedom was secured. Apartheid, was replaced by a more balanced social system, and his “aim” took him to the Presidency of South Africa.

In the consciousness of my own frailty of existence, if I too want to be a “windmaker” and to attain such honourable achievement, the Eagle in me must remain consciously mindful, vigilant, intentional, and aim high. Maintaining both the perspective and will of the Eagle will not only allow us to transcend beyond the ordinary, but give us straight flight into the enlightened and powerful world of the extraordinary.

I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

The Eagle Mindset.

By: Sonia M. Wignall

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