Do you sometimes wish that life would slow down and be a bit more on the simple side? Cell phones, laptops, the internet, tablets, 4G, blah, blah, blah. Do you ever feel that the demands of your day can take away from what you really want out of life?
All the complex technology available to us today can be fantastic. But sometimes simple is what is needed in a complex world. Simple is sometimes brilliant in its purity. Sometimes the best lessons in life are just that: simple, brilliant, and pure.
Such life lessons are well-earned and invaluable; others are simply passed down from family and role models. Life lessons come in all shapes and sizes, and are usually never forgotten. They can even be quite amusing when learned at someone else’s expense.
Life lessons can even be learned from something as small and seemingly insignificant as an ant. In fact, those little insects have a few habits we can all learn from and use in our daily lives. Here are four:
1. Ants never quit. If you’ve ever intentionally put an obstacle in the way of an ant, you know that it will go around, over, under and on top, without stopping, until it finds a way to get where it needs to be. Ants are persistent. Where do you need to go, and do you have the persistence to get there?
2. Another valuable lesson learned from ants: they think winter all summer long. Always looking to the future, they gather food for the winter in the summer, when their resources are most plentiful. Preparing for the future, not just living by the moment, is a great habit to build upon.
3. How much does an ant gather during the summer? All he can. How much will you gather? How many experiences and lessons will you collect in your lifetime? Living a full life can be a very good life. Live as full of a life as you possibly can.
4. Ants don’t only look ahead during the summer. They also think summer all winter long. They know that no season lasts forever, and they continue to prepare even in winter. At the first chance they get, they get out and get back to work. You can apply this strategy to your own life, taking advantage of your down time to focus, learn, strategize and get ready for new opportunities coming your way.
I believe this was originally called the ant philosophy; I don’t know where it came from, but I heard someone talking about it one day. I thought it was simple, brilliant, and pure, and could be a useful lesson to anyone.
The beauty of these lessons is in their simplicity. Ants know who and what they are. They don’t try to be something they’re not; they just go about their business in a smart and simple way. The next time you think about stepping on one, remember what can be learned from a simple little ant.