Sunday, April 3, 2011

Squirrels

Love 'em or hate 'em, squirrels are remarkable critters with a knack for survival.  I recently read a couple of articles about squirrels on Psychology Today's website that I thought I would share.  In the article "Learning About Survival from the Squirrel", it talked about the importance of community, and learning from others, as survival characteristics.

Another terrific article is "What Can you Learn from Squirrels About Motivation, Procrastination and Intent".  I think everyone will agree that procrastination is something that we all have to struggle with.  Sometimes we get bogged down in the details; sometimes we are frightened by the effort that we will need to make to get something done; sometimes we just don't want to do what we have decided we need to do.  Squirrels are not burdened with the human "ability" to worry about consequences or how much work it's going to take to get a job done.  They just do it.  Sometimes, you need to forget all that human complexity and just do what you need to do.

So, the next time someone gives you a hard time about "storing nuts" for the winter (hard times), and being a bit squirrelly, take it as a compliment.

3 comments:

PioneerPreppy said...

Pregnant female squirrels will enter the nest of another female that has nursing young and throw the young out so the nursing female will abandon the nest. The pregnant female then moves in...

OK bad example on my part :)

Ollamha Anne said...

Ruthless survivalists, those squirrels... If the poop hits the fan, watch out for squirrels...

Canadian Doomer said...

Okay, what gives? This is the second blog post I've read today about squirrels. :) Personally, I think they're adorable.