5 lessons we should learn from nature

5 lessons we should learn from nature

  • Nature is stronger than people
  • Why is a woodpecker smarter than us?
  • What things shall we learn from Nature?

Believe it or not, the first lesson is taught by a woodpecker – “Realistic focus control”

In many aspects a regular woodpecker is smarter than us. Right, it bangs its head against a tree, but you can’t deny this banging is rather successful. The woodpecker is realistic – it doesn’t try to cleave the tree in two with one strike, which we do try sometimes; the woodpecker is focused – it doesn’t hammer the tree from all angles. It methodically hammers at one spot, slowly approaching the worm. People don’t long for a little worm, they want a huge snake, and they want to find it not in a firm tree, but on the ground slightly covered with leaves.

The second lesson is taught by a fish – “Stream lesson”

Fish always swim upstream, which is a right thing actually, though everybody thinks it is not. A fish does that not in order to make the life more difficult, but to let more water pass by. The more water passes – the more food and oxygen the fish gets. Thus the fish’s life becomes several times better. Unlike the fish, we always try to go with the stream in stagnating waters, as a result we get a one-year’s life experience 30 times instead of 30-years’ life experience. We don’t want to leave the comfort zone and after some time start wondering why there’ve been so few opportunities. We want to win the life lottery without even buying a ticket.


The third lesson is taught by lionets – “Cover your face with blood”

Little lion-cubs learn well. They learn from the older and more-experienced lions. They learn their lessons not from the textbooks or conversations, but from life. They know well – if you want to learn hunting, you’ve got to cover your face with blood. People are afraid to soil their hands. We sit at the desks and look at the rabbit that is standing at the blackboard and teaching us how to hunt. Or we get home and read up ourselves, but when it comes to the real hunting, we’re not just unable and unskilled, but we can’t stand the smell of blood.

The fourth lesson (social) is taught by a dog – “Wag your tail first”

In the XXI century it is no longer important what you do, but what you can make other people do. Any dog can teach you a good lesson. A dog doesn’t think, “First you take me home, wash and feed me, after that I’ll wag my tail for you”. No, the dog is the first to give you its emotions and only after that it gets what it wants in return. Note – the dog doesn’t FORCE you to do something, it makes you WANT to do something.

The fifth lesson is taught by a snake – “Shut up and stop feeling sorry for yourself”

A snake doesn’t think, “I’m such a poor little creature, I’ve got neither arms, nor legs, I can’t see well, I was born in the wrong country, nobody loves me, my parents have never taken care of me since I was born”. The snake is satisfied with what it has, moreover we dread this “invalid animal”. If the snake has some problem, it sheds its skin and moves on having no pity, no regrets.

Megan HotWork author
18 May 2016
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