Animal Wisdom: Leadership You Can Live By

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Like every human being, an animal comes in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Some days, I’m not so sure that some human beings are the highest order of animals.

Why be like any other animal?

Why be like any other animal?

Mark Twain said,

It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.

Unlike humans, as far as we know, lesser order animals don’t:

  • blush with embarrassment.
  • concern themselves with voting one of their kind off the island.
  • gossip about their neighbors.
  • have human heads mounted on walls.
  • impugn the motives of others.
  • mistake kindness for weakness.
  • need to know as much as possible as soon as possible.
  • obsess about yesterday or tomorrow.
  • plot world domination or annihilation.
  • smear the reputation of others.
  • treat their existence as a problem to solve.
  • worry about what the neighbors are thinking.

Why don’t animals do any of these things? It’s simply not in their nature.

We are born in innocence. Bad behavior is learned. Perhaps it’s time we learn what animals know.

Most animals are...

Most animals are…

Animal Wisdom: Leadership You Can Live By

We often hear cliches and idioms about animals, in the course of a day, but how often do we stop to think about what these things can teach us? Take a few moments to reflect on these wise words about animals:

  1. A fish rots from the head down. As Zig Ziglar once said, “Quit your stinkin’ thinkin’ and get a check up from the neck up.
  2. Be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves. ~ Matthew 10:16. Who has ever been offended by a dove?
  3. Birds of a feather flock together. Surround yourself with like-minded people.
  4. Busy as a beaver. What are you doing to create a better future for others and yourself?
  5. Dogged determination. Simply stated… persistence pays!
  6. Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. This is the same as the adage, Hold your horses. Be patient.
  7. Don’t let anyone get your goat. Learn to control your reactions.
  8. Don’t let the cat out of the bag. Keep the confidences you are trusted with.
  9. Don’t put the cart before the horse. Remember: First things first.
  10. Kill two birds with one stone. Good thing this is a proverb. I don’t recommend killing any birds, but do use your time wisely, especially capitalizing on opportunities as they arise.
  11. Let sleeping dogs lie. Don’t go looking for trouble.
  12. Never look a gift horse in the mouth. Be grateful for all you are blessed with.
  13. Straight from the horse’s mouth. Always go the source of information.
  14. Strong as an ox. You want to be this when it comes to your character and personal integrity.
  15. The early bird gets the worm. Be ready for opportunity, then take action!
  16. Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell. ~ Bill Copeland
  17. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
  18. Wild horses won’t keep me away. Fearless tenacity is a driving factor in successful endeavors.
  19. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Really? Challenge every myth you’ve ever been told.
I don't know of any ungrateful animals. Do you?

I don’t know of any ungrateful animals. Do you?

 

You are just as  magnificent as this animal.

You are just as magnificent as this animal.

Wise animals control their reactions.

Wise animals control their reactions.

Nature and animals are patient. What can we learn?

Nature and animals are patient. What can we learn?

If you follow these sage sayings… who knows? You may just be happy as a clam.
Or at the very least, grinning like a Cheshire cat. 🙂

This is one happy animal!

This is one happy animal! SMILE!

In conclusion, remember the wise words of Anatole France who said,

Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

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What are your favorite animals?

Is there another animal saying that you would like to contribute?

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William A. Butler is a John C.Maxwell certified coach. He loves to add value to others and aspiring to be a great humanitarian, lives by four words: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. William often goes by "Bill" and is a poet, a songwriter and has an upcoming novel.

70 thoughts on “Animal Wisdom: Leadership You Can Live By

  1. Hi Bill,

    Awesome post! Very creative images 🙂

    If I must contribute, you already have added this, “The early bird gets the worm.” And yet I mention this because I always used to say, “Look, I like to sleep late because I am not interested in getting all the worms.”

    I guess things are changing now that I have started to be a 5 AM club member.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Regards,
    Kumar
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    • Hi Kumar,
      Thanks! I’m passionate about photography, so I never need concern myself with finding just the right one.
      Isn’t it interesting all the animal sayings? There must be hundreds. I once heard… The early bird gets the worm, but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese. 🙂 Opportunity really is all about timing. Now that you’ve joined the Breakfast Club, happy hunting! 🙂

      Cheers!
      Bill

  2. Hi Bill,

    An on time message today. I have been involved in conflict management and have encountered several seemingly inhuman animal instincts. Some may would ask, “How can you compare people to animals?” Well, you really cannot! However, when behavior causes you to relate to something that you can learn or teach a lesson from, then it applies. I would like to add to your list the behavior, bullheadedness. Who would desire to act like anything that has horns? To me that would be too close to behaving as the enemy of our souls. A side note to remember…..there is order in the animal kingdom that is not diluted with learned behaviors mixed with emotions. Your article is refreshing and I appreciate you and your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit to write what is needed in leadership. Blessings of much inspiration to continue to write my friend!

    Daniel Evans

    • Hi Danny,
      I’m glad the post is timely for you. Yes, it is interesting about people being bullheaded. Many people think donkeys are stubborn, but God actually made them fierce defenders, and their apparent stubbornness is them just being protective. I witnessed this nearby when a donkey defended a couple of miniature stallions. The donkey came slowly to the fence, and then the stallions came after they knew it was safe.

      You’re right. Some people are bullheaded, pushing their weight around and acting like a bull in a china shop. In terms of leadership, that means no cooperation, collaboration or spirit of unity. Thanks Danny. I think being sensitive to God’s leading is the most important trait any leader can have.

      Blessings, my friend!
      Bill

  3. Hey Bill!

    Great article, I love the comparissions of animals to leaders! I’ve always thought there was something to animals since they just sort of find a way to thrive no matter what!

    I especially love that picture of the goat and I actually laughed out load and got looks when I read the line about how animals don’t “concern themselves with voting one of their kind off the island.” Very Creative

    Zach
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    • Hey Zach,
      I’m glad you love the idea. Another ways animals thrive is that they are content with who they are. I’ve never heard one complain or express an interest in being something different than what it is, have you? 😉

      That goat’s name is cinnamon and belongs to one of our neighbors. She’s a cute little goat. Look close at that photo, you can almost see the smirk on her face. 🙂 Oh, I’m sure there are hundreds of other “stupid human tricks” animals don’t engage in. But that’s our nature.

      Have a great week!
      Bill

  4. I love this post – correlating human behavior with animals is great. And we can all relate to these animal sayings that we are so familiar with. I think the use of animals also makes whatever concept less threatening & more user friendly too.
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    • Greetings A.K.
      Welcome and thank you for taking time to visit. I think you’re right about less threatening because most people are animal lovers and that makes it easier to relate. I know I’ve got a sheepish grin just thinking about it. 😉

      Have a pleasant week!
      Bill

  5. Wow Bill, it must have taken you some time to come up with all the cliches but I loved them and so many of them do have a direct bearing on how we can and should live.
    Thanks for another great post.
    Lenie

    • Hi Lenie,
      Yes, it took a bit, but I wanted to make it interesting. I think when we consider them, I agree with you, they do have a bearing on
      the choices we make and the attitudes we carry. Thanks so much for your input. Much appreciated.

      Bill

  6. Hi Bill; lots of good wisdom in here. I think animals avoid these human pitfalls because they must live in the moment. There isn’t much tomorrow and absolutely no yesterday with my doggie penny. although she does seem to be nosey when it comes to the family. if someone goes outside she has to go see what they are up to. if my brother and nephew are making noise in another room she has to go in and make sure she isn’t missing anything. and if i don’t pet her as soon as she starts nosing me, she will pout over it. Keep up the great work, max
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    • Hi Max,
      You’re right! I have never seen a sparrow holding a wing up, stopping traffic, begging for food. Yet, they have all they need in the moment.
      The wisdom is precisely that they live in the moment. We should be so smart! Thanks for sharing about Penny. I love dogs too! We had ours for 11 years before she passed away. I appreciate your kind encouragement.

      All the best to you!
      Bill

  7. I have forgotten some of this phrases. Very nice write-up and it would be nice if some humans would turn into animals since they act like them already. Thanks for sharing

    • Hello Jay,
      You’re making me laugh with your response. Some think they’re as sly as a fox. But there are certainly no shortage of jackasses parading as humans; that’s the nicest way to put it.

      Have a great week!
      Bill

  8. Bill,
    You always have wonderful, thoughtful posts, I enjoy them very much. You also always have awesome pictures. I LOVE the smile – laughing cat. That is hysterical. I have to admit, I hadn’t heard of a couple of those sayings and I love the interpretations. I don’t know that this is a saying, but I love my dogs and dog spelled backwards is God. I feel God gave us them because they provide us unconditional love, just as He does. 🙂 Have a wonderful day, Lisa
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    • Hi Lisa,
      Aw, thanks! I enjoy thinking deeply on things. Glad you like the cat. Of course, animals don’t always cooperate with a photographer, but I caught that cat yawning. I’ve noticed that about the word dog before, just as to LIVE backward is EVIL. I agree with you. I think God has given us all things for a richer, fuller life. Have a great day, too! Thanks for being here.

      Bill

  9. Wonderful juxtaposition between the animal kingdom and good old human nature! Or maybe more specifically, human learned behavior that isn’t always so kind. But cliches become cliches for a reason, right? They are so often true!
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    • Hi Jacquie,
      Probably a whole volume of books has already been written on the differences between human and animal behavior. Isn’t it amazing how inhumane some people treat others? You’re right, like many jokes, cliches contain a nugget of truth. Thanks for your input Jacquie. Much appreciated.

      Bill

  10. Nice post Bill. How about “A Bird in the Hand, is worth two in the Bush” or “Where Eagles Dare” or “Quiet as a Mouse” or “A Bull in a China Shop”…you’re right there are literally hundreds of them.
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    • Thanks Tim. 🙂 Yes, there are so many expressions, I’ve thought of many more after writing this post, but had not thought of “where eagles dare.”
      Wouldn’t it be nice if we had the accuracy of long-range vision that eagles enjoy? That has SUCCESS written all over it.
      Have a great week ahead!
      Bill

  11. I knew I’d enjoy this as soon as I saw the title! Animals are without question, so much smarter than humans. I live with three cats who keep me grounded and remind me that there’s more to life than the next deadline. We could learn so much from the animal world – and become better humans as a result.
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    • Hi Krystyna,
      I agree with you… smarter and sharper senses, like dogs and horses. Thanks for sharing about your cats. 🙂 I’m glad they permit you balanced perspective. It’s something I hadn’t considered when writing this post, but we’ve known the love of our dog for the 11 years we had her.
      I think being better is something we can all strive for. Thanks for you valuable insights! 🙂

      Bill

  12. Hi Bill, Brilliant use of animal sayings. You’re right, we are so like animals, yet so different. There is so much intelligence in the animal world. They sense trouble well before we humans do. Anyone who has a pet or loves animals will tell you a story of how they learned from animals.

    Thanks for sharing this very special post with us, Bill!
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    • Hello Carolyn,

      You are so point. What I believe is that humans have not managed to leverage the unique genius of animals or else do not completely understand animals hence the label as inferior or less intelligent…if you ask the average goat, I’m sure the response would be that humans are the most unintelligent lot!

      Always,
      Terungwa
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      • Hi Terungwa,
        In addition to what you’re writing to Carolyn, many people misunderstand animals, unless they spend enough time around them to get to really know them.
        The same is true in our relations with our 2 footed friends of human origin. 🙂

    • Hi Carolyn,
      There is an amazing amount of intelligence in the animal world. So much so, it would likely take a lifetime to absorb it all.
      They not only sense trouble, unlike humans, they’re not the cause of it either. Yes, I could easily write several posts with stories about our pets.

      You’re quite welcome. Thanks for sharing your views. 🙂
      Bill

  13. Hi Bill

    Lovely, expressive pictures…The horse and the goat look superb as if making fun of the dumb headed leaders! This reminds me of our immediate boss who was called a lioness…always ready to attack but possessed all the human frailties…from gossip to eavesdropping and still fond of human blood!!

    This is a wonderful way to remind human beings that better behavior can be copied and cultivated, especially by leaders who want to leave a trail. Thanks for a thought provoking post.
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    • Hi Balroop!

      Isn’t it interesting how animals leave such impressions. It’s like they know something we don’t, which I’m sure is plenty.
      Thanks for sharing about your immediate boss. I had a few over the years who were more badger than human.

      Leaders who are serious about being the example and motivating their followers to be better always have something to learn from animals.
      I appreciate you! Thank you kindly for taking time to comment.

      Bill

  14. Mary Stephenson says:

    Hi Bill

    Love all the animal references. Never knew we used so many. Always thought many animals were a lot smarter than most people. They are of course in it for what they need, but they require so little in life to be happy. They don’t worry like we do and they can definitely teach us all about living in the moment. If they have a good environment to live in they are usually quite stress free. They are there to calm us down…best darn therapist around! Their price is reasonable and they keep great office hours (24 X 7).

    Mary

    • Hi Mary,
      I think they’re smarter too, for all the things they never engage in. We could all be more happy by needing less. Yes, I’ve never seen a puzzled penguin or a doubt-filled donkey. They simply don’t worry because they live entirely in the present moment. I wish all animals (and all human beings) had a good environment to live in. Your statement has me thinking about all the cruelty to animals that stupid people do.

      We miss our dog Jessie, but yes, pets are certainly great therapy. There is a lady close by who takes her healing dog to a hospice center.
      I love that those suffering at the end of their days are permitted a few moments of peace.

      Thanks Mary. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. Have a great week!
      Bill

  15. Hey Bill. Lots of wisdom to be learned from animals even before tapping Aesops Fables. Love most of them Like many, dogs in particular. Would not want to be an Elephant as I have done a few things I would rather forget !
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    • Hey Paul,
      I recently photographed two white wolves, but the Big Bad Wolf never crossed my mind.
      I love your sense of humor. 🙂 Thanks! I for sure wouldn’t want to be an elephant, unless the ears were for listening better.

      Best Regards,
      Bill

  16. Good post Bill. I was thinking about that part on “it is simply not in the animal’s nature”. What is our nature as humans? I realise we do not have a nature. We are so unpredictable we can do anything and it is worrying as much as it is a good thing to be diverse and different. We can learn a lot from nature and its nature.
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    • Welcome Welli!
      I agree with you that human beings are as diverse and different as animals, but do you really think human beings have do not have a nature?
      How do you define human nature? We do not have the nature animals do. It is not in our nature to fly like birds, to run as fast as a cheetah. God didn’t grace us with those abilities. Our cognitive capacity, our altering attitudes, our personal perceptions all tell me there is human nature.
      For example, it is the nature of people who are less motivated in life to be lazy.

      I’m interested in knowing your further thoughts on this.

      Kindest Regards,
      Bill

      • Good point…I had to look up and get the proper perspective of what nature means. The general psychological characteristics, feelings, and behavioural traits of humankind, regarded as shared by all humans. An after thought says it was an over-generalisation to say we have no nature, but the point I had was that our nature changes at such an exponential rate over our life cycle compared to animals, it is almost like we have no nature at all. Especially in the area of behaviour, we are quite fluid supported by the cliche “the only constant in life is change”. A lazy person just needs to find their area of passion and you will no longer call them lazy nor will they actually be lazy and hence their nature will have changed. I would then say, our nature is dynamic in most areas as one finds themselves in life and takes charge of how they want to respond to life.

        Rgds
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        • Hi Welli,
          I appreciate you clarifying your point, and I agree that human behavior is dynamic. Otherwise we are in a state of stagnation.
          Perhaps its because animals live in the moment that the changes in their nature are not as apparent, but obviously they learn and grow too.
          For example, our dog responded to me for about the first year as it favored person. Then it switched by adopting my wife as its go-to person.

          Best Regards,
          Bill

  17. Hi Bill,

    I love animals, therefore, I’ve never thought “in my own head :)” that I am superior to them just because I’m human. I love animals and respect them, and just about the only time I feel the ugly feelings of hate and anger it’s towards humans who harm animals.

    I’ve always been sensitive to animals since I can remember. When I was little if I was watching a movie where an animal was supposed to have been hurt or kill I’d cry for hours.

    You bet, animals are wise, and they sure don’t do any of the things some dumb humans are doing as you mentioned on your list.

    Thanks you for writing the post for animals lovers like me 🙂
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    • Hi Sylviane,
      You bring up a good point. I would never have thought myself superior to animals either. I totally agree with you…
      People who mistreat animals are despicable! I also personally do not believe in hunting animals for sport. I think all animal lovers are sensitive to all the creatures that add so much beauty and joy to our lives. You’re very welcome!! 🙂

      Have a great week!
      Bill

  18. Hello Bill,

    I am quite impressed by the creativity of this entry. Like you, there are moments when the behavior of fellow human being makes me genuinely wonder if indeed humans are the most intelligent of animals…stupidity (to state it bluntly) truly abounds in the world!

    Back to the quotes: I really do appreciate the very first one – “A fish rots from the head down”. Personally, I always tell my readers that they cannot rise an inch above their heads! If your head is poor, how on earth do you imagine you can rise to great heights?

    Do have a great day…your entries, aside from being creative, really inspire very deep and philosophical thinking!

    Always,
    Terungwa
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    • Hello Terungwa,
      Thanks, my friend. I’ve been fortunate to be up close to so many different kinds of animals, and I am always in awe of their beauty.
      About not rising an inch above their heads… you may already know “The Law Of The Lid,” the first law as defined by John C. Maxwell in the 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership.

      Thank you for the kind words. I’m grateful to hear you’re inspired.

      All the best!
      Bill

  19. I can see the effort you have put to give life to this post! Really worth reading! being a dog lover I would like to quote a line “When I look at you I do not see a dog..I see a soul, a friend, a companion”
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    • Welcome Tuhin,
      Thank you for the thoughtful dog quote. Of the hundreds of animals I love, I really enjoy dogs a lot.
      They’re great companions, and, as confidantes, they never tell anyone your private thoughts. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I sincerely appreciate it.

      Bill

  20. Bill you think out your post so well. I had forgotten many of the comparisons with animals. One that comes to mind is don’t be Pig Headed. I said this the other day to my daughter that she was so pig headed and she had no idea what I was talking about. I guess I come from a different generation.

    • Hi Arleen,
      Thank you very much. I try to be thoughtful in everything I do. Many times I fail, but life is all learning, isn’t it?
      Pig headed. Interesting term that. Much like stubborn as a mule. I worked in a police department for nearly 32 years, and many police get called PIG, among many other names. It’s all water off a duck’s back anyway. 😉

      A different generation. Perhaps. I guess we may find out what terminology the next one adopts.
      Have a pleasant week!

      Bill

  21. I love these sayings and I do use them very often. I find it so interesting that when we use and animal in an analogy or proverb, others pay much more attention. I am hard pressed to say which of the sayings I like the best. The one I seem to use a lot is; “Kill two birds with one stone”.

    Our cat is one of our best teachers. He knows how to get our attention in very subtle but effective ways. such as a light pat on the leg when he wants to lay on your lap. He seems to know what we need, when we need it before we do… Why?… he pays attention…. what a surprise. 😀
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    • Hi Susan,
      There are so many analogies between humans and animals. I have found many in reading great stories such as Benjamin Alexander Sheep by Bob Friedman,
      Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, and Sheep Tales by Ken Davis.

      What kind of cat do you have, and what is his name? Again, a valuable lesson… paying attention. Thank you for that 🙂

      Blessings!
      Bill

      • I have a Maine Coon, the size of a medium dog who we call Samuel – Sam for short. 🙂
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        • Thank you Susan. I appreciate your return reply. I’ve never seen a Maine coon. When I looked it up, I was surprised at the size of them. We used to have a dog much smaller than your Sam. Which reminds me of another animal saying… “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”

          All the best!
          Bill

  22. What a great collection of sayings. I never thought about how animals don’t treat their very existence as a problem to be solved. I mean, if a clam really grasped the reality of his own existence, would he be that happy? Here’s to thinking less about ourselves. I’m going to go hug my kids’ guinea pig…
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    • Welcome Meredith!
      Thank you kindly. You’ve asked a very intriguing question, which I absolutely love thinking about.
      I suspect clams are wise enough to keep that pearl of wisdom to themselves, leaving us to wonder and speculate.

      Of course, Mother of Pearl knows best. 🙂 Yes, I think we ought to think less of ourselves, and more of others and the world around us.

      Is it an Abyssinian guinea pig you have? They’re really cute and fluffy.

      My best regards for a beautiful week ahead.
      Bill

  23. Maybe the opposite of let sleeping dogs lie would be when Marc Antony decrees he’s going to let loose the hounds of war to avenge Julius Caesar’s death? Thanks for the great collection of animal-related sayings. They’re quite fun to pick apart.
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    • Hi Jeri,
      I love your imagination. 🙂 That’s a very creative question. Maybe those napping puppies are simply being dogmatic?
      You’re very welcome. I love all animals, especially dogs. Thanks for adding your witty remarks. 🙂
      Have a great week!
      Bill

  24. Hey Bill,

    I haven’t realized how many animal quotes until I read this post. But as you pointed out, we humans can learn a lot from animals. We are so complex but I guess that’s just learned behavior.

    As I was reading I thought about another animal quote, but don’t think it applies here…you know this one? “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink unless you put salt in its oats.” This has more to deal with sales but was the only one I could think of LOL.

    Anyways thanks for sharing these great animal sayings. I hope you’re already having a fantastic week! Take Care!

    • Hi Sherman,
      We can certainly learn a lot from animals, but I also think it may require a lot of unlearning on our part to arrive at a place called Wisdom.

      You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. I’ve heard it said the opposite as well. They’ve got mind of their own too. 🙂
      You’re welcome, my friend. Have a wonderful week as well.
      Bill

  25. Hi Bill,

    I love the way you write…so clever always. My favorite animal is a dog. I cannot imagine living without one. I like the saying “Dog is God spelled backwards”

    With their unconditional love and devotion, it is always a reminder to never ever judge! They don’t! I believe judgement is God’s work, not mine.

    Plus, dogs are pretty needy. They depend on us, and we depend on them. A simple bark when someone comes too near to my property alerts me. Hugs and kisses all the time just warms my heart.

    -Donna
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    • Hi Donna,
      Thank you very much. I have so many “favorite” animals, I just love them all, but yes, I really enjoy dogs too.
      Great point. They are nonjudgmental. Too bad more people aren’t like them in that regard.

      I agree. I think there is a mutual reliability with dogs.

      Have a Great Dane… I mean great day! 😉
      Bill

  26. I love the colorful bird at the top. I enjoy pictures of colorful frogs too. My son buys me a frog calendar each year and I’m always amazed at the variety. Favorite thing from your article: Animals don’t treat their existence as a problem to solve. Neat post. Thanks.
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    • Welcome Beth!
      That bird is a Muscovy duck that I photographed in Brazil. Yes, there are some very colorful frogs. I’ve seen blue, green, orange-red and yellow so far.
      Thanks for telling me your favorite. It’s always helpful to know what people like. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Thanks kindly!

      Have a great week!
      Bill

  27. I have heard some of those wise words from animals before. Some of those phrases have helped me out a lot during life.
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    • Hi Jason,
      When I was younger, I had no appreciation for animal maxims, they just seemed to come up in conversation occasionally.
      Of course, I appreciate them much more now as I see horses, alpacas, sheep and donkeys right where we live.

      I also remember a song written by Shel Silverstein called “The Unicorn” that had a list of animals in it…

      … there was green alligators and long-necked geese,
      some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees.
      some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you’re born,
      the loveliest of all was the unicorn.

      Take care,
      Bill

  28. One of my friends from the South would say, “I’m going to talk to a man about a dog.” This was her polite way of saying, “Mind your own business.”
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    • Thanks for sharing that Christina, I’m not familiar with the expression. I’ve been more than minding my business… I’ve been working like a dog.
      Good thing the animals we enjoy don’t demand minimum wage.

      Have a great rest of the week. I appreciate you stopping by. 🙂
      Bill

  29. No, we don’t have human heads on our walls but sometimes I almost wish we could
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    • Hello Vladimir,
      I was saying that, as far as we know, animals don’t have human heads mounted on walls.
      If I had human heads on my wall, they would be busts of my heroes Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr.

      Enjoy your week!
      Bill

  30. Hi Bill,

    I always admire your creative writing, but besides that your messages are so awesome and so pertinent to life. You have a great mind and I love to read your posts like this one. My favorites in this post and hope to share with everyone are the following:

    Be wise as serpents, but harmless as doves. ~ Matthew 10:16. Who has ever been offended by a dove?
    Birds of a feather flock together. Surround yourself with like-minded people.
    Busy as a beaver. What are you doing to create a better future for others and yourself?
    Dogged determination. Simply stated… persistence pays!
    Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. This is the same as the adage, Hold your horses. Be patient.
    Don’t let anyone get your goat. Learn to control your reactions.
    Don’t let the cat out of the bag. Keep the confidences you are trusted with.
    Don’t put the cart before the horse. Remember: First things first.
    Kill two birds with one stone. Good thing this is a proverb. I don’t recommend killing any birds, but do use your time wisely, especially capitalizing on opportunities as they arise.
    Let sleeping dogs lie. Don’t go looking for trouble.
    Never look a gift horse in the mouth. Be grateful for all you are blessed with.

    Everyone should learn these and practice in order to make life a little easier. Great post.

    Regards,
    Barbara
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    • Hi Barbara,
      Thank you very much for the positive feedback. I appreciate it very much. Thank for for telling me what is important to you. It’s something I like to keep in mind as I write.

      When I thought of what to put with ‘busy as a beaver,’ I could easily have talked about what an industrious animal they are, and that more people would be more successful in life, realizing that being busy isn’t necessarily productive.

      Instead I chose to ask ‘What are you doing to create a better future for others and yourself?’ because I think that’s what everyone does who lives purposefully, who makes conscious choices, and who acts intentionally in alignment with their vision.

      Of course, share these with your network. Be blessed and continue to bless! 🙂
      Bill

  31. It’s interesting that there are so many sensible saying based around animal behaviour. Maybe it’s because we complicate our lives with all sorts of thoughts and feelings. We should all act a little more animal. Thanks for the prod to reflect on some animal wisdom.

    • Hi Mike,
      I couldn’t agree with you more. We do tend to complicate our lives, something else animals don’t do – they just live in their environs.
      We’ve all seen animals scratch their heads, but never being stupefied. 🙂

  32. Hi Bill,

    I’d like to add: Don’t hold a grudge

    Siberian Huskies (in my case, 2nd generation removed from Chukchi sled dogs) are reputed to be the last domesticated breed of dog. Fiercely independent, my need to manage him is often met with considerable resistance. He’ll shoot me a very dark look as he grudgingly complies with my wishes. But ten minutes later he’s back, resting his head on my knee as I work at the computer. All is both forgiven and completely forgotten.

    You’re right. We can learn a lot from animals.

    – Cole
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    • Hi Cole,

      Nice to see you back again. Thank you for adding this point. I got a beautiful image of what you were expressing. If only humans were as wise not to hold grudges. 😉

      I love all animals, but also have a great love for dogs. It sometimes seems that cats hold a grudge, but when they get hissy their being territorial.
      Have a great weekend! (I think Spring has finally arrived.)
      Bill

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