What Can We Learn From The Humble Squirrel
What can we learn from the humble squirrel?
There is a lot we can learn from the everyday cycles and natural rhythms of nature - especially when it comes to the curious creatures that we share our beautiful planet with.
One animal that immediately springs to mind is the humble squirrel - a creature with an absolute zest for life, play, survival and fun. It is the teensy tiny squirrel that, beyond all odds, is able to prepare exceptionally well to survive harsh and bitter winters, through its innate skills of diligent preparation and energy storage.
I do admire watching squirrels, especially when walking my dog in a luscious ever-green park or woodland. Although my dog may not be as interested in their unique qualities as he is in chasing after them, I love to watch them prance about the ground, scurrying up and through the tree tops, weaving through spindly branches, play fighting with their fellow companions and surreptitiously nibbling on their most prized nutty possessions.
Each time I see a squirrel, I can’t help but feel a smile glow around my rosy cheeks, as though I am glimpsing something exceptionally rare. Something which is likely to have a much deeper connection than I to the mysterious cycles of mother nature herself - and perhaps also knows more about her than many other creatures have dared to enquire about.
So what, if anything, can we learn from the humble squirrel, that we can perhaps relate to and even apply to our own lives?
Squirrels are masters of being able to have fun, play and bound through the trees without a care in the world. Play is in their natural essence, and teaches us not to always take life too seriously. Even though the squirrel will no doubt have several challenges to face in its life, from finding food, keeping warm and protecting itself against predators, this never stops it from going out and having fun.
Equally, it is important to feel free in our own spirits, and make time for having fun. Away from the unique and often burdensome responsibilities that many of us hold, there is always a way of finding time, stepping back and allowing our true playfulness to come out of hiding. It is so important to never forget that we will always have an inner child - eager to laugh and play whole heartedly.