Yes, I do have a story to tell here, after all, there are a lot of stories I can tell from nature. From looking at the sky when it is bright blue and later on, when it becomes cloudy, nature has a lot to teach us, even more than we even know ourselves.
Lets take a look at the ants, for instance.
We will just use a few natural objects, including the following, to talk about some amazing lessons we can learn from nature.
Insects – Ants, Bees
The ant does not give up too early
Consider the ant story I put up above, you find out that one key factor to success is determination. Animals like insects are determined to achieve what they plan for, especially when it is their only source of livelihood. The little insect in the ant’s story above displayed some level of determination even when the task looks obviously daunting relative to its own strength.
Many people give up too early, sometimes even before attempting the task. But you can never know your true strength until you make an attempt. Strength and resilience or courage goes side-by-side in achieving success in your goals.
Everyone gets tired at some point but the difference between strong and lazy people is the decision to push ton till they can no longer tolerate it.
They do not ask for help too soon
This may sound like a stupid idea but it is far from being so for a couple of reasons.
- When you ask for help without even trying, you miss out the opportunity to learn. Your power of creativity dampens and gets less and less as long you continue being so.
- You weary other people when you ask too much, you become a burden or liability when you are too dependent on them.
- You may not always have the desired help at all times.
Everyone needs help at some point, or in one way or another. Asking for help saves time and efforts but that robs you of your chance to get creative.
Some of the world’s most creative people are the DIY(do it your own) category of people. However, whereas I do not condemn asking for help(after all, we all need it), you must not have the mindset that you cannot do it always.
They have a concern for their fellows
When you have a concern for other people, when you care about them and you are willing to share with them, it also rubs off on you too. You are happier and more motivated to achieve great feats. The mere fact that someone have the welfare of other people and humanity at heart spurs them to work harder and motivates them to keep moving when the chips are down.
That little ant could have just hid the piece of cake away and eaten it secretly, but no, it decided that it was best everyone partakes in it. There are also many other advantages of this kind of generosity, for instance, bidding it outside the common storage in the ants colony will mean that the cake will perish fast enough not to be good at the next winter.
Having a streamlined will to be useful only to those in your immediate company (friends and family) is not only a selfish desire, but it also limits how well you think about things.
They are willing to take risks when no other option is available
Risk-taking is one single attitude that has divided the achievers from the wishful thinkers. Whereas, the achievers are willing to face the risks, the wishers are only waiting, wishing for a time when all things becomes fine and frictionless. A big task like lifting a piece of cake many times bigger than the ant itself is one that requires great courage and willingness to risk losing one of more of its fragile arms and legs. But what is Wirth doing is worth doing well.
According to the words of Wayne Gretzky, “you miss hundred percent of the shots you don’t take. Even though there is only a 1- 5% probability of scoring”.
They do not overestimate any task
Your perception about a given task or activity greatly influences how well you do at it. If you see the task as big and unsurmountable, it becomes big and unsurmountable but if you see it as big and surmountable, no matter how difficult it may be, you will end up succeeding at it. When the ant sees the huge piece of cake, it quickly thinks of the rewards and ignores the fact that it is really a large chunk. This motivates it to begin working.
So the moral here is that you must learn to focus on some rewards and ignore the discouragements.
It does not mean you need to underestimate the task, this may make you unserious towards it, but you must learn to see the task as achievable no matter how hard it may seem. After all, you’ve got all it takes to make it.
The ants maximizes every opportunity
Opportunity comes but once, everyone says. But the many people do not yet know the true implication of this statement. Insects, like the one in the ant’s story maximizes each opportunity that presents itself. The major things that hinders how much you maximizes an opportunity are;
If you must effectively maximize every opportunity, you must eliminate everything that reduces your chances of success, some of which are listed above.
They believe in effective communication and team work
This is especially true for flying insects like beef, wasps and even the ants themselves. With different systems of communication, the team members puts teamwork and effective communication above everything else. Even though the ant was struggling on its own, it was looking out for a partner. And when one shows up, the entire formation switches to a team play.
Honey bees, through the Dance language(Waggle dance) are able to communicate the precise location of a food source about 150 meters away, to other bees.
Animals – Wild, Pets, Birds, Prey
They teach us to face our fears
Did you know that some humans are afraid of open space (agoraphobia)? Yet the birds soar through the vast skies without fretting. It is true that the first attempts of the chick birds to fly may be a bit difficult but these creatures teaches us to face those fears, because without taking the risk of the first flight, we won’t find the freedom we desire. This represents the limitless freedom and potential available to us if we let go of our fears.
To love unconditionally
Pets teach us more about love than any person or thing. We understand the true nature of unconditional love without expectations. The true nature of forgiveness is forgetting and letting go of grudges. We learn uninhibited, unreserved affection by giving our full attention. Even when we treat them bad, our pets still love us and would continue to be around us. Love is felt in the heart by making eye connection, being in someone’s presence and through physical touch.
They teach you to accept ourselves and embrace your identity
Different animals have different abilities, forms and nature. But they do not struggle to become another kind of animal. Zebras do not look at tigers and wish they could hunt like tigers. You’ve got to accept yourself as you are, know your weaknesses and strengths and embrace your unique beauty and gifts.
They teach us to live in the present
Animals of prey do not over analyze how to escape the next attack in the future. When the threat approaches, their fight and flight instincts kick in and when the threat is over, they are back to their normal lives with no thought of the predator in mind. It does not imply that we should not plan ahead but the lesson we can learn from here is that we should not dwell in fear from regrets of the past or for the future, especially for too long. That is the breeding ground of stress, anxiety and depression
True communication and acceptance
No two birds flying in the flock would run into each other head on. This is because they effectively communicate even without words, by means of body contacts, sensing other birds’ energy and through sounds and good listening
. They have proven that true communication doesn’t always needs words.
Another lesson from this is that there is always enough room for everybody. We do no necessarily have to defraud someone, cheat or destroy someone else to find satisfaction. If the birds have no need to collide into each other in the sky, why should we?
Some animals like snakes, insects, lizard, etc, sheds their skin periodically, heralding an advancement into the next developmental or growth phase. It is necessary to shed your old self and personality to allow for improvement. A better version of you needs to emerge each day that passes by.
Acceptance and adaptability
As seasons change, nature teaches us to learn acceptance and adaptability. In life, it will not always be evergreen but you should train your mind to he flexible and adaptable to changes, even when they are not favorable to you. A green leaf in spring doesn’t resist turning red when autumn its autumn. Trees and plants in general, are made to conform and adapt to changes around them. They simply don’t give up on living jut because of the prevailing situations.
The bamboo tree does not compare itself with the maple tree because it produces the maple syrup, or because the bamboo is more beautiful. Heights, color, value and so on, are irrelevant to the plants themselves. Likewise, we as humans should learn to compare ourselves with the better form of us, not competing with another person over something we consider as valuable. Your true value is already in you.
Having faith in the future
You remember the story of the Chinese bamboo, don’t you? It shows no visible sign of growth within the first 5 years after it has been planted, but on the fifth year, it grows 80 feet in just six weeks. Someone may be doing faster than you right now but instead of doing negative comparisons with them, focus on yourself and have faith in the future, that when your time comes you will get to your desired level.
Share love and care indiscriminately
Just like the flowers, we all carry different fragrance, color and beauty for the world to enjoy. Flowers don’t discriminate who they share their beauty and fragrance with. They even let the bees and insects take of their nectar. When it comes to giving to the world around them, they are generous and non-discriminately. There is true love and compassion in sharing your beauty and fragrance with everyone you meet.
Important Qualities of Nature We Need In Our Lives
The life around us is inspirational, you learn from things around you, they motivate you and even comforts you when you are down. But if you must fully benefit from the lessons, solace and inspiration of nature, there are some things you must do. What are they
Se things, then? We see that in this last section.