Dog owners know exactly what their babies shower them unconditionally: Loyalty, companionship, love, and therapy.
Statistics and studies proved that there are health benefits than can be derived from owning dogs or other pets such as cats, fish, birds, etc.
Aside from the health benefits they provide, we, the dominant species, can learn lessons in life from animal behavior. Motivation, learning, cognition and emotion shape an animal’s behavioral decisions.
Yes, animals function and interact with their brains and emotions too. And the most neurological common ground between humans and animals is the survival instinct. According to NYU scientist Joseph Ledoux, “The survival circuit concept integrates ideas about emotion, motivation, reinforcement, and arousal in the effort to understand how organisms survive and thrive by detecting and responding to challenges and opportunities in daily life.”
How animals respond to challenges in life will fascinate you as you read the following story.
One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.
He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down.
A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.
As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!
Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.