One of my favorite ways to unwind is to go for a walk with my dog Pixie. And when we get to go without Winnie I try to go to places where I can take Pixie off lease. As she loves to explore, but in the cities there aren’t a lot of locations for that so we end up at the dog park since one of the ones near us has several acres of land so you can walk for a long time without a lease. Plus they have a lake though it’s a bit too late for that this time of year (not that the picture are recent).
I haven’t been out and about for a photo outing in a while. Mainly because these days if I go out for a walk with the dogs, I have to take both dogs (Winnie and Pixie). And while Pixie is excellent on these walks, Winnie could never come on these walks. Mainly as when we go for walks in the woods, we often run into other dogs and Winnie cannot be anywhere near other dogs.
On the next article of Learning Through Nature, we’re going to be focusing on focus. Which we can learn from the eagle. As they have the ability to focus on something up to five kilometers away. Once their prey is within site, the eagle narrows in their focus and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it.
Think of Timon from Disney’s The Lion King. He was a meerkat. Meerkats live in the harsh and dangerous conditions of Africa. And live in large underground networks with multiple entrances and as many of forty meerkats living in the colony. They have adopted a very smart survival strategy, which is based on mutual trust. One or more members stand as sentry or lookout for the group, while the rest are foraging or playing. As soon as they spot any danger, they alert the whole colony, which then has enough time to run for safety using the many bolt holes spread across their territory. That same sentry meerkat will be the first to reappear from the burrow and search for predators, and constantly barking to keep the others underground. Once the danger has past, they stop barking to single to everyone else to emerge. The amount of trust the mob places on each other is massive; one slip of alerting the mob can be the difference between life and death, but they still do it with a high rate of success.
So after writing “Learning Leadership Through Nature: The Wolf Pack”, I really enjoyed writing about that topic and wanted to explore other things we could learn through natures. Thus was born the idea for this series. I’m going to talking about various skills we can learn from various animals. For today’s article, we’re going to focusing on learning empathy from elephants. There’s no animal I can remotely think of that is as empathic as the elephant. We’ll also be returning to the elephant later on in this series are there are multiple skills we can learn from them as they are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet. Plus they are very social leading them to act empathetically towards other members of the herd.
One thing I’ve been trying to get better at in my personal life is leadership. So I thought I would try to learn a page of leadership through nature. My all time favorite animal are wolves. I find their complex so interesting, and this idea came through a post I saw on Facebook. There was a photo that went around about a wolf pack walking through Wood Buffalo National Park. Apparently this photo has been around since 2011, and the post has been around since 2015. But it’s still something really interesting that we can all learn something from it for leadership.