Lessons From Squirrels
Lessons from squirrels you ask? Yes, watching squirrels as a child taught me to never give up. Read on and I will tell you why.
I remember as a child watching my grandparents stare out the window watching the random birds visit the feeder. They were excited to see the varieties of the birds that came.
To me, they all looked the same. Unless, our visitor was a cardinal or blue jay. Then, I would squeal with excitement. As would my grandparents.
I’d watch our feathered friends come and go, but they didn’t hold my interest as much as the squirrels did.
For myself, the squirrels were interesting. Watching them try multiple routes , only to be denied and rejected from reaching their goals multiple times. That didn’t stop them from trying to get to the feeders.
They would climb trees and trying to catapult themselves from a tree limb to the feeder platform and failing miserably.
Their acrobatics. Now that was worth watching. It was comical.
A squirrel trying to run from the ground, up the feeder pole. Only to jam his head into wire netting that my grandfather had wrapped around the pole to stop them.
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I Wondered how many times the squirrel thought the outcome was going to be different, when he was trying the same approach.
I would cheer when a squirrel made it to the platform. I remember telling my grandparents only the squirrels who didn’t give up would get the prize. If they failed they had to try another day.
Today, I still stop every once in a while to photograph a squirrel. They are a dime a dozen here. There are just some things you never forget from your childhood.
The hours watching the squirrels attempt to get the goods and watching their thought pattern and approach change over the course of the day was interesting.
The squirrels taught me some life lessons at an early age. You can work extremely hard and have what you believe to be the perfectly executed plan and yet, things just don’t go as planned. You don’t get the prize.
You can rethink your approach after failure. Sometimes, it may work. Other times, it still fails.
The most important lessons from squirrels that I took to heart – never give up. Set your eyes on the prize. Try everything you can think up.
Today, may not be the day. Maybe, tomorrow will be. It is a goal. You work at reaching that goal each day. At the end of the day, you haven’t failed. You have ruled out 100 ways it didn’t work.
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The person who fails the most, wins knowledge. When you fail, you learn lessons. You will remember failure because it stings the ego and you can’t feel joy, without first experiencing sorrow.
The conclusion of Lesson from Squirrels:
1.) You don’t always get what you want.
2.) Work hard, it might pay off and you get the prize.
3.) Don’t give up. If today you feel like a failure, learn from today’s mistakes to make obtaining your goal tomorrow that much easier.
Enjoy your weekend!