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.
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.
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:
- 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.“
- 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.
- Straight from the horse’s mouth. Always go the source of information.
- Strong as an ox. You want to be this when it comes to your character and personal integrity.
- The early bird gets the worm. Be ready for opportunity, then take action!
- Try to be like the turtle — at ease in your own shell. ~ Bill Copeland
- What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
- Wild horses won’t keep me away. Fearless tenacity is a driving factor in successful endeavors.
- You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Really? Challenge every myth you’ve ever been told.
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. 🙂
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.
Don’t Let The Cat Get Your Tongue… Have YOUR Say…
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