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What You Can Learn from a Deer

“What You Can Learn from a Deer” by Joan Y. Edwards

In 1990 when I went to visit my sister, Judith Thomson, she told me that Indians chose different animals to be their teachers. To teach them something that would help them survive in life. These could be animals that you see often or sometimes an animal might show up only once. I believe you are allowed to choose nine animals to be your guides during life. They may change with your experiences and needs. One of the animals I chose was a deer.

A deer keeps calm even when facing the enemy. A deer is graceful and can walk or run with ease. A deer only eats what he needs. The mother deer looks after her young. The male has antlers to add to his protection. Each winter the antlers are shed. New ones emerge.

I actually got to touch a fawn that Judith’s friend found and raised after its parents were killed.  It had a strong musky smell to it.

Carl and I found deer in the Grand Canyon. If they were eating and noticed you. They have a keen sense of hearing. The muscles in their ears enables them to turn their ears in any direction to evaluate sounds. They can hear higher frequencies than humans. Unless they sense danger from you, they take a good look at you and keep on eating.

Deer have good night vision which enables them to get around well during the early hours of the day or at dusk.

One day there were deer in our backyard. Woods about 5 miles away had been cut down to build new homes. The deer were searching for food. I didn’t have any bushes or flowers they liked, so they went on. It was funny. Pat, a lady who helped me take care of Mother said, “Do you always have deer in your back yard?”

I said, “No.”

I didn’t have my camera handy. The deer zoomed across the yard in a hurry. I told them, “Come back. I want to take your picture.” I went and got my camera and came back to the window. Low and behold, seven of them came back and let me take their picture. Then they took off to greener pastures in our neighborhood. There were 9 altogether. I only got a picture of 7 at one time.

When I was little, the first movie I saw was Bambi. I hated the fire and the fact that  the hunter killed the deer.

I hope you have animals, people, or objects to teach you what you need to survive. Please leave a comment telling me about your favorite animal and what you’ve learned from it. The Indians believed that animals were there to teach you a life lesson. I think that’s a good way to look at life.

You can add animals to a story to teach your main character a lesson to get him to his goal. You can search for an animal that has a lesson to teach you about survival, too.

To learn more about deer, you might want to look at the following:

  1. Jim Arnosky. All about Deer:
  2. Walt Disney. Bambi:
  3. Wanda Embar

Copyright 2012 © Joan Y. Edwards

Ear Plugs to Block Your Inner Critic

“Ear Plugs to Block the Inner Critic” by Joan Y. Edwards

Be aware of things that can harm your hearing. Sounds above 85 decibels is harmful to your hearing according to Dangerous

If you’re riding in a plane, take out your earplugs when you’re first going up or when you’re landing to avoid too much pressure in your ears.

You can add ear plugs, ear muffs, or ear phones, but no matter how much protection you have for the outside noises, I haven’t seen one to block the negative inner voice. I’m sure that mine reach more than the 85 decibels at times.

Sometimes you have to be rude to him and tell him to shut up. Tell him to go outside and cool off a little. Sometimes you have to tell him that he may have been right years ago, but that things have changed. Tell him that you’re not afraid of what fills this inner voice with fear. Ask him to help you get where you want to go. Accept that what this voice may be warning you of things that might really happen. Tell him it’s okay. If it happens, you can handle it. This will keep what you fear from happening. What you’re afraid of and focus on, you will attract. Focus on what will get you to your goal. See a picture in your mind of you reaching your goal. Educate yourself and take steps to insure that you get there.

If your inner critic tells you that you can’t do something, say, “You may be right, however, I am doing this, this, and this to make sure I can get to this. Ask this inner critic to tell you other obstacles and help you find ways over or around them.

I love the story of Buddy, the first seeing eye dog that I read in a Life book that I can’t locate online.  Morris Frank was the blind man being led around by Buddy. A group of people wanted to demonstrate how Buddy could go through and over obstacles to get Morris safely to the other side. Morris and Buddy were at the back of the auditorium. Buddy was watching them in the middle of the aisle setting up all these barriers to overcome to get Morris onstage.

At the time to show off, Buddy outsmarted these people. Instead of going down the center aisle where every path was blocked, Buddy took Morris Frank up the left side aisle straight up the steps and onstage. Everyone laughed and knew that Buddy was indeed smart.

Another story I like to tell about Buddy was when Morris Frank had pushed a button to call an elevator to his hotel floor. Buddy lay in front of him and wouldn’t let him move. He started fussing at Buddy. One of the workers at the hotel came up behind him and told him, “Sir, don’t move. Don’t push your dog out of the way. You’re right. The elevator doors opened. However, there is no elevator car there. If you went forward you would fall several stories to your death. This dog of yours has saved your life.”

The words may have been different from in the book, but the meaning is the same.

Anyhow, what I want to tell you is that sometimes this inner voice may be telling you something to watch out for. It is calling you to investigate, to educate yourself, to inspire yourself to overcome any obstacles. Find a way to reach your goals. Ask your inner critic for ways that would work. If he’s still telling you things that are no longer true or have never been true, retrain his voice. Tell him that it’s not true any more. Give your inner critic a new response. Fill your mind with positive thoughts. Fill your mind with positive sayings. Fill your life with thankfulness and possibilities.

Read the following articles to help you block the negative words of your inner critic. In this way you will be making the ear plugs necessary to block your inner critic or retrain him with new word:

Sharon Good. “The Inner Critic:”

Thank you for reading my blog.

Please let me know what methods you use to quiet your inner critic.

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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