A friend and colleague of mine, Nancy Davis, is a health coach. Recently, she sent out the following in her client newsletter: everybody should study ants. They have an amazing philosophy. First, ants never quit. If they’re headed somewhere and you try to stop them, they’ll look for another way. What a neat philosophy – to never quit looking for a way to get where you’re supposed to go.
Second, ants think winter all summer. That’s an important perspective. You can’t be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants gather their winter food in the middle of summer.
The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, “This won’t last long; we’ll soon be out of here.” And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they’ll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can’t wait to get out.
And here’s the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the “all-you-possibly-can” philosophy.
Wow, what a great philosophy to have—the ant philosophy. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.
When I read this I thought it was important information I wanted to share in my blog. I’ve also expanded a bit.
You may be familiar with the story of R.U. Darby and his uncle who set out to find gold in the western frontier. They did find gold but the vein ran out and they gave up. They sold all their equipment to a “junk man”, someone who bought used equipment for pennies on the dollar. The junk man hired a geologist, who knew where to look for the gold. The result? The junk man two million dollars in gold ore out of this mine. Darby and his uncle gave up too soon.
Imagine driving your car looking only in the rear view mirror. Of course you’d miss the road ahead and most likely cause an accident. Too many of us focus on the events of the past and allow them to spoil our future. The only thing we can do with the past is learn from it. We cannot change it. Too many live with the mantra “should-da, could-da, would-da” instead of living in the moment and adopting the mantra “carpe diem” – seize the day.
Another mantra to consider is: this too, shall pass. The ants know winter will pass and summer will come. No matter what the situation, it won’t last forever.
Remember the words of Mother Teresa, “There are no great deeds, only small ones with great love.”