7 Natural Phenomena that teach us Lessons for Life

Ever wondered what the “Natural world” has in common with us…..”the Human World”?

Plenty!…..”the nature of things”, now wonder where that phrase came from?

I have highlighted in this post, 7 “Natural Phenomena” shared by both the natural & human worlds…..at least my take on them. (what does this have to do with Life Lessons?…read on)

[Growth, perserverance, family, drought, flood, scarcity,  habitat]

Growth…..stagnation doesn’t work. You stagnate, you die, that’s what happens in Nature. The tree needs to spread it’s roots. The young cub needs to grow up strong so he can lead the pack, because only the strong survive. It also happens to us. Stay in the one “spot” for too long, refusing to move, then you “die” inside & get left behind. We as humans need to grow. Spiritually and knowledgeably & with strength of character.

Lesson…..look to grow in all facets of your Life. Only then will you reach the potential that was designed for you.

Perserverance…..keeping strong and keeping going are ideals that lead to success in Nature and in “our world”. Giving up is not an option. Imagine if the seed “thought” that it would be too hard today to break through the ground and grow skywards or the mother lion didn’t bother to hunt for food for her cubs because the weather was too hot. More than likely it is too hot however food needs to be found, even in the most difficult of times.

Lesson…..We can’t afford to give up…..Life is too prescious and better times beckon, do the ‘hard yards’ when necessary and claim your rewards.

Family….. the bonds with and between the animals & plants are incredibly strong. Strong family ties keep animals safe & plants flourish….. they also keep humans safe and comfortable.

Lesson…..maintain strong family ties, cherish your loved ones and always seek to do the right thing.

Drought….. in the animal and plant world, this can mean devastation. No or little food or water. For us, it can have a flow on effect. Plants which need water as their ‘food’ die, many animals depending on plants then are lacking in a food source. We need water to survive and agriculture and many animals supply our food source. This is complimentary co-existence.

Lesson…..when things ‘dry up’ in your Life, bunker in and look for an anchor point. Go to your back up plan. If you haven’t got one, then create one for safe keeping, because ‘things’ won’t always be as good as they are now.

Flood….. devastating for plant life, animal life and humans. Though after such ‘disaster’ it is a time for re building and re generation for all. “Flood” can also mean too much….

Lesson…...it may be time to say ‘No’ to the excesses and review your Life. Rebuild, re generate the areas that have either been neglected or have fallen into dissarray.

Scarcity….. Food, water are the two obvious here. Scarcity has had the benefit of producing new ideas. In times of food shortage, “smarter” ways of sourcing food and maintaining supplies had to be invented. Plants adapted, animals adapted & so did we. The scarcity of various resources in our world has meant that “new” ways have to be invented.

Lesson…..scarcity of thinking will bring us undone. It generates a perpetual ‘lack’ in our own resources when in actual fact we have abundant resources at our disposal. We just need to change our thinking.

Habitat….. Do we create our own habitat or does it “form” us? In nature, certain species are particular to certain habitats where they thrive. Take that habitat away and threat becomes real. Humans tend to create their habitats however often this impacts upon nature…..why do we do this? Our habitat in certain locales, is now coming under threat from nature…..role reversal?

Lesson….. adapt to your habitat. Whether that be macro (external environment) or micro (family, friends, acquaintances, people in general). We first need to get our internal habitat in order. Adapt to change when necessary. Once we have our internal habitat sorted, we can then expand into our circle of influence, where we operate on a day to day basis.

Do you have any other “natural phenomena” that can give us Life lessons? Feel free to share.

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15 Life Questions you may need to ask…..when “doubt” sets in (part 2)…the Answers

In my previous post I set out some of the Key Life Questions that I have asked of myself when “doubt” has set in. These questions were asked at various times, over a period of many years(I had plenty of ‘doubt’).

I will now put forward some answers to these questions. You may be wrestling or have wrestled with certain issues in your Life. I hope these questions/answers may in some way be of assistance to you.

”who am I really?”.….this has been my hardest question for many years. The best answer for me is that I am a person capable of learning, passionate about Life and helping people be their ‘best person’. Now in what form that comes in has altered these past few years. Currently and hopefully ongoing as a Life Coach…..that may alter and/or expand in the future…..options open. Some of us determine the answer early on, some of us never will. It’s worth the effort to determine the “real you”.

“what will it take for me to be successful?” …..I am successful according to my own definition of ‘success’. We each determine our own ‘success’ levels.

“what type of work do I want to do?“….. I first asked this question during my school years. Mechanical Engineer was a favourite for a while. Working in a Bank often came to mind, for whatever reason. There were many others that I can’t recall off hand. Suffice to say, I left High School and proceeded to work in a Bank for the next 23 years…..for whatever reason. Sometimes there is no ‘exact science’ to what happens. The journey can unfold in many mysterious ways. My attitude toward “helping” first began in Banking, through the various customer service and people skills that I developed. The “whatever” turned out well.

“would I make a good father?“.….here’s a ‘toughie’. I think you just have to give it your best. No time to slacken. It’s essentially “fulltime”, keep working on it. Show that you care & set a good example. My job as a father continues on…and so does my learning

“will I find Love?”.….Yes! and so can You

“who will remember me?”…..hopefully someone. Seriously though, I determined that it’s what you do, the impressions that you make on people, will be the things worth remembering. I’ve made impressions (good & bad). My personal challenge is to make many favourable ‘impressions’ over the years that I remain on this planet.

“Can I meet or exceed my parents hopes for me?”….. I guess many of us have a feeling(or even a fear for some), that we will not live up to our parents’ expectations. My parents didn’t place any pressure on me in this regard. However I was always wary of doing my best so that I didn’t feel that I let them down. I know that they were proud of me and (are still with me in spirit)

“what one thing will make or break me, will make a big difference in my Life?….. If it has to be one thing & that is the question afterall, it has to be for me, getting married and raising children. I wouldn’t be half the person without this experience.

“why did I do that?”.….well how many times have I asked this?…..sorry, that’s another question. The answer lies in lessons learnt. And there are plenty of them. I will no doubt continue to ask this question because, I still have lessons to be learned. Life is one Life long learning experience.

“what is the lesson here?…..at least asking this question is a great answer in itself. Learn from your experiences & keep asking this question.


“how is this going to make a difference?”….. A great question. I use this before committing myself to a course of action. An often asked question during the course of my adult Life. For me, each action that I take must have an attached ‘meaning’.

“how can I change this?….. things at times go wrong. Poor decisions, poor timing, procrastination. I am guilty. When I am ‘in trouble’, I attempt to pause, step back and then ask myself this question in order to get myself on/ back on track.

“what will inspire my children to look up to me for guidance”…..I still ask myself this. My answer is to simply do everything possible to do my best. Set this example (of always doing your best) and it’s one of the best examples that you can set. This goes in tandem with an attitide of ‘caring & listening’. If you always seek to understand the others’ questions, point of view then you are more than halfway there.

“what will happen if I let my Family down?”.….I dread to think. I believe this starts with yourself. Maintain your own integrity, set standards that are worthy of oneself and of pursuing. I need to feel good/great within myself. If I feel this slipping, then the fear of letting my family down will increase. Look after yourself, be your best friend, then you can look after others.

“I am unhappy, what am I going to do about it?”…..My first crisis with this question ended up in me changing jobs. It got to a stage where the ‘unhappiness’ factor started affecting everything. My suggestion…if you are unhappy, don’t let it percolate, do something about it BEFORE it snowballs into something out of control.

These answers are from my observations of cause & effect and from my own personal experiences. If you can take something from this, then I am happy. If you would like to contribute please use the comments section below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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How is your Motivation?…..Is it time to turn up the “Volume” in your Life

Has your Life hit a flat spot?

The music in you, the sweet, sweet music has been relegated to a background track…..maybe it’s time to get motivated & turn up the volume a couple of notches.

However before we do…where does it come from, this Motivation?

Is it something learned Or is it something that we all have inside of us?…..

# Hello fellow Life Lovers, what gets you motivated?

Is your motivation spontaneous? Do you have that spontaneity spark? Or is it a motivation built from momentum…..i.e

Do you jump up and into anything and just do it(Nike) without any prompting or do you just keep rolling on with a focus because you have a bigger prize in mind? Either way, having the motivation is good.

Whatever, motivation is a strange beast. How can one person be so motivated yet another can be so un- motivated?

So, where does it come from?

Does your motivation come from within e.g love, passion, committment, family, integrity?

or is it only external e.g wanting/needing a bigger house, sports car, luxury boat, world cruise, glory, front page headlines?

N.B If it’s external only, is there are cost to be paid, in the long term?

ME,  I think if the root of the motivation is internal then the gratification is magnified. Sure, go for the bigger house, luxury boat etc, but not at the cost of…….(fill in the blanks)

Anyway, they are my thoughts, you may have different ideas…..please share in the comments section.

So I’m still puzzled…..  Is it something that we are born with, is it handed down by our parents, peers, heroes OR

is it learned? Now how can you “learn” motivation?

I dig a little deeper. Maybe, just maybe “motivation” is an extra gear in our personal transmissions. When we develop a desire to have/do/feel an experience, a goal or similar, our transmission clicks into another gear, overdrive if you will.

You may be asking if there’s no desire, what happens. ME, I think you stay in “Park” or “Neutral”.

Sub thought…(The desire breeds the motivation. Or does the motivation breed the desire?…Interesting, can you have one without the other or are they inter twined?…it doesn’t matter too much in my book.)

If the ‘desire’, end goal, end game is strong enough, your motivation to achieve same will kick in……

this I believe is part of the learning process.

For those with a low or no desire(s), learning that having a Strong enough desire (integrity based) will fuel your motivation to achieve, can be a breakthrough.

Note that I am using ‘desire’ not ‘need’. I see desire as worthy, coming from a position of strength & integrity and ‘need’ as mainly superficial or short term. Hence the motivation coming from desire is much stronger & is likely to last longer.

Poorly constructed goals ( low desire)will achieve poor results. This will de- motivate rather than motivate.

Strong, meaningful goals(high desire) will fuel your motivation & achieve meaningful results. Your motivation in turn increases as each meaningful result is achieved. Your motivation will then become a habit.

So what do you think?

Do you have the Motivation to step up a notch?

Is your “volume” loud enough?

Are your desires strong enough?

# Make some loud noises in the comments section below, I look forward to hearing from you.

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