Squirrels. Nature's firecrackers. Some people find them adorable while others consider them to be a nuisance. Love them or hate them, just watching them can give you more insight into something you maybe doing and either don't recognize or care to admit to.
Have you ever watched a squirrel in its natural habitat? It doesn't matter if they are in a park, your backyard or roaming the streets of your neighborhood; squirrels have similar movements. They zip back and forth, feverishly moving to collect food. Depending on the time of year, they set out to find a mate and even like humans have fun playing an occasional game of tag. (What!? You don't play tag?!. Well, you are missing out!) We've even seen them depicted in cartoons as spastic little creatures, almost caricatures of themselves, over exaggerated and comical. Sadly, we also have the occasion to see squirrels after they have fallen victim to "predators" like the neighbor's cat or your neighbors pickup truck as they attempted to cross the street. You may be left with the question of "If squirrels are so quick, why weren't they able to get away?"
There are many people who handle their lives like squirrels. They are quick, even methodical in their movements. Constantly on the go, running from here to there, preparing their future. Guess what? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that! We should all strive to be purposeful and productive in what we do or set our minds to. Even these go-getters veer off course at times. What's not productive is when our actions are inconsistent, moving through life frazzled and confused; speaking hastily or like my grandmother use to say "A whole bunch of loud talking and ain't saying nothing." Yet still, like the squirrel that has fallen victim, they miscalculate their steps, either moving too quickly or not fast enough in situations that require discretion and follow through.
The key to being fruitful in anything you do is to be present in where you are at that very moment. You can't take the next step in any direction with the same foot you just stepped with. Try, it…go ahead. You can hop, but you cannot step. Yes, we should prepare for future events, but the future cannot be reached without living in the present. Try to slow your thoughts, learn to find balance in all aspects of your life in a manner that is relatable and attainable for you. Like the squirrel, it is inevitable that we will be in situations that require us to dodge the "predators" in our lives; times where we will have to make a mad dash to cross the intersections of life. In some cases, you will have to choose not to cross those intersections at all. Just remember to stay present in the moment to prepare for moving toward each day, each project, and each moment in the days to come.