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Saturday, January 21, 2006

A Lesson from a Sloth

Tonight, my household and I filed into the basement to watch, of all things, a video on sloths. Sloths, you ask? That’s right. That wasn’t a typo. Not sleuths. Sloths. I learned about sloths. And what I learned caused me to reflect upon my own life.

Sloths are a most underrated mammal, no doubt. Sure, they’re slow. I suppose that’s why they get such a bad reputation. Who wants to be called a sloth? It means you’re lazy, unproductive, and quite possibly too simple minded. It’s almost like being a redneck. But there’s much to be said about the ways of the sloth.

They spend about eighty percent of their lives taking a nap. Who wouldn’t want vacation six days a week? They generally have only one item to choose from on their menu, as each family usually feasts upon only one particular type of leaf as their family meal. Sound boring? Not if it’s your favorite food. And they eat much in the same way they do everything else - slowly. So basically they spend their days eating and sleeping.

They’re not aggressive, but they’re defensive. They’re masters at camouflage. They’re survivors. They can do a lot of fascinating slow motion acrobatics while hanging from tree limbs, and of course, they’re never in a hurry.

Basically, they enjoy life. They take the time to notice their surroundings. They’re perfectly content with being themselves. They savor the life they’re given. They don’t startle easily. They eat well, but they’re not gluttons. They do everything in moderation. They are perfectly well adjusted to the environment. They live the pelasures of the simple life.

Sure, we all gotta work. It’s a part of life. But it’s not only a part of life, it’s a privilege of life. the sloth works, too. He does what he’s suppose to do. Living the simple life and enjoying the slower pace doesn’t mean you have to be lazy. It doesn’t mean you’re unproductive and it doesn’t mean you’re too simple minded. It can, but it doesn’t have to. It could simply mean that you’re more concerned with things that are truly important, like food on your table, a safe place to live, a family, and good rest. Even our work should be relative to the things we enjoy. The sloth knows it. So should we.


At 10:01 AM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

Great article, CT! And we could all stand to take a lesson from the sloth.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger C.T. said...

thanks Melissa

At 7:23 PM, Blogger B O B said...

Well the sloth certainly does offer us some lessons. Ones that I would have never considered before enjoyed reading and your writing was excellent.


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