I got this article from a friend who didn’t know who wrote it but has some very true and valid points. Now I know it mentions insects and they are not animals but still there is some truth to it. Read w/an open mind and just get the message that is being sent.
Animals As Teachers
Since prehistoric times, animals have acted as companions to humans on
their journey toward enlightenment. Animals as disparate in character as
house pets, birds, sea creatures, and insects have been our mentors,
teachers, and guides. There is much we can learn from animals, as they
offer us the unique opportunity to transcend the human perspective.
Unlike human teachers, animals can only impart their wisdom by example,
and we learn from them by observation. An animal teacher can be a
beloved pet or an animal in the wild. You may even find yourself
noticing the animals in your backyard. Even robins and bumblebees have
lessons to share with you.
Animals teach us in a variety of ways about behavior, habit, and
instinct. House pets embody an unconditional love that remains unchanged
in the face of our shape, size, age, race, or gender. They care little
for the differences between us and them and simply enjoy loving and
being loved. Our pets encourage us to let our guards down, have fun, and
take advantage of every opportunity to enjoy life. You can also learn
lessons from the animals you encounter in the wild if you take the time
to observe their habits. Cold-blooded animals show us adaptability and
sensitivity to one’s environment. Mammals serve as examples of nurturing
and playfulness. Animals that live in oceans, lakes, and rivers
demonstrate the value of movement and grace. It is even possible to
learn from insects that live in highly structured communities that
everyone plays a vital role.
Animals teach us about life, death, survival, sacrifice, and
responsibility. If you find yourself drawn to a particular animal, ask
yourself which of its traits you find most intriguing and think about
how you might mimic those traits. Think of what you might learn from
observing the little bird on your windowsill or the mosquito buzzing
around a picnic table. Animals express themselves with abandon, freedom,
and integrity. It’s natural to be drawn to the wisdom offered by our
animal teachers, and in doing so, discover what is natural and true