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Being an Outstanding Steward of Life Itself — What We Can Learn From Animals

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D. is a seasoned clinician with experience working with adults, couples, families, adolescents and older children since 1976. His aim ...Read More

“My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.”
—Author Unknown

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
—Author Unknown

Undoubtedly it is our excesses, and not necessarily our deficiencies, which help create our ill health and pain, dissatisfaction and unhappiness. This results in less health, pleasure, fulfillment and zesty, juicy living. When we honestly decide and commit in actions to release and buy out of excesses, our blockages to well being dissolve like fog meeting bright sunlight. Is being a good animal in taking care of our daily needs as mammals and human beings so difficult? Bears, deer, rabbits, mice, dogs and cats know how to do this far better than we apparently do. When shall we humans? It is essential to life, if nothing else is. What exactly does it take to be a “good animal” for us humans?

In the wild animals know to eat when they are hungry and eat only foods that are good for them, and show little if any interest in foods not good for them. An animal would no longer eat according to what the clock says, advertisements sell or because other animals want them to than they would dance the waltz. In the wild animals know to not eat more or carry any more weight than what best serves them for meeting their bodily needs and self-preservation. To do otherwise would risk their survival, which they simply will not do.

Animals drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. This aids their digestion functioning normally, the clearing of toxins and general well being. Animals know to get plenty of exercise and healthy physical activity in daily survival and living. It’s critical to their survival, breeding and staying well. Animals know to answer the call of nature. When they’ve got to go, they go, wherever they may be so long as they won’t get eaten. No if’s, and’s, but’s, maybe’s or perhap’s about it.

Animals know better than to do their business upstream from where they drink. Animals aren’t stupid. Most animals travel in social groups for protection, procreation, social support, intimacy and companionship. Mating is often for life with great care given the raising, nurturance and safety of their young. Animals know to keep their nest and environment naturally clean, replenished and in good order. Animals know better than to fowl where they live. They would no longer get in-between another animal and its young, or a hungry animal and its food, than go to the moon.

Animals know to rest when they are tired, sleep when their body informs them to get their sleep and pace themselves well. Animals listen and decode the messages from their body and would no longer fight their body by denying themselves sleep and over-doing or under-doing than they would defy nature itself. Animals know to appropriately plan for leaner times. Animals regularly store up food supplies in anticipation of a cold winter with meager food available. Animals have instinct, which demands it be done.

Animals know to detect danger, leave immediately and use any means necessary to protect themselves and their young. Animals know better than to be around other animals that are their natural predators or to be in environments they simply do not belong. Animals in the wild know how to live in the present and, in fact, seem incapable of living in any other way! Most animals know all this and more driven by instinct. As humans can over-ride instincts by using their ego-minds, how can we be as wise as beasts?

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