Lessons From Animals

To learn from them, you only need to stop long enough to observe and you don’t have to be a scientist...

Whatever way you call the Super Creator – GOD or NATURE, observing our living world will make you awestruck! Whatever they may be- an Eagle or an Eel, an Ant or an Antelope,a Horse or a Honey Bee ,every  living creature thrills you  with  the kind of biological instinct they possess to  survive in the world.  
… To learn from these wonderful creatures you only need to stop long enough to observe and you don’t have to be a scientist...
"The eagle has the longest life-span of  it’s species. But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision. It can live up to 70 years. Its’ long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food In its’ 40’s.Its’ long and sharp beak becomes bent. Its’ old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to its’ chest and make it difficult to fly. Then, the eagle is left with only two options: die or go through a painful process of change which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its’ nest. There the eagle knocks its’ beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out,  the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its’ talons. When its’ new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking its’ old-aged feathers. And after five months , the eagle takes its’ famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.
Many times, in order to survive we have to start a change process. Why is change needed ? We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions. Only freed from past burdens, can we take advantage of the present.
If humans took their cues from ants, they might spend less time in traffic. People have long been fascinated with the ability of ants to organize systematic colonial activities.
One dominating factor in human traffic is egoism and human Drivers optimize their own travel time, without taking much care about others, which you can’t see with ants.
I have seen how a dog feels guilty when you scold him for his mistake. But still within few seconds how does he come forward to convince you to accept him.
Yes, animals are forgiving, and their love is unconditional. They are always happy to see us, and always by our side whether we are happy or sad. We could learn a lot about how to treat each other from our pets.
Julie Klam, author of “You Had Me At Woof.”  says dogs “celebrate everything.” When you come home, your dog welcomes you like you’ve been away at war, even if you just went few hours out.  Every meal is the best thing they’ve ever tasted. Each walk is the most exciting experience of the day.
The lesson to learn: Find pleasure in the smaller moments of life. You don’t need to wait for a special occasion; there are moments to celebrate every day.
Susan Logan,  the editor of Cat Fancy magazine says that she  had experienced the two greatest losses of her life in one year. Her sister died and her marriage ended. One night when she was at the worst of her grief, her two cats silently snuggled up to her in bed, so close it felt like a hug. That was a powerful lesson in what it means to comfort someone. If you don’t know what to say to a friend who’s grieving or has a terrible illness, just be close.
The lesson to learn: Just being present is enough- What matters is being there, not what you say.
Laura Wyatt is the curator of the Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary and she says animals of all different species can get along perfectly fine. Her dog raised baby flamingoes with her. (You can read more about this in my earlier article- HERE). She says humans would do well to emulate the generous spirit of animals and not judge others just because they’re different from us.
The lesson to learn: You can get along with anybody and everybody.
It is amazing how protective most animals are towards their young. I have seen a hen flying to chase out eagle , cat chasing a big dog!, at maternity-  What a sight! We can realize how wonderful animals were to love and protect their young.
The lesson to learn: They can put some human beings to shame. Especially those people who do not protect their offspring or throwing the new born down the rubbish chute!"


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