Wild Kingdom, or Not?





Which one are you?

Don’t think too hard.

All are of equal value and worth.

Be that animal for a moment or two.

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

What do you contribute to your community?

What do you need from your community?

Hmmmm…. Interesting, right?

I myself am a rabbit.

Everything about me makes sense when I think of myself as a rabbit.

I am grounded, quiet, observant, quick moving, and a good listener. These are a few strengths.

I am also easily threatened, reactive, hesitant to speak up, and adverse to exposure. These are among my challenges.

To my community, I contribute an eye for detail, a listening ear, a grounded perspective, and cautious judgement.

From the community, I need a chance to be heard, a better sense of the bigger picture, a safe space, and not be preyed on by aggressors.

In your classroom, school, or family, think of your students, colleagues, and family members.

Which animal do they see themselves as? What are their strengths, weaknesses, contributions, and needs?

Who are the turtles? They offer strength and stability, but do they have voice in your space?

Who are your eagles? They offer perspective of the big picture, but are they soaring solo without a sense of stability?

What about the rabbits? They are very perceptive, but are they too threatened to speak?

And your wolves? They are assertive, but are they taking over?

It can be a jungle out there, but it doesn’t have to be.

These lenses offer an enlightened snapshot of the gifts, challenges, contributions, and needs that each person brings to our community table. Having first experienced them at a yoga certification training, I have reaped their benefit in balancing small groups, arranging classroom seating plans, and planning discussion group rosters for adult retreats.

Wouldn’t it be helpful if we knew this much about each other from the start?

If your kingdom is wild, it might not have to be!

Who is who?

Who are you?

11 thoughts on “Wild Kingdom, or Not?

  1. I think I’m different animals on different days or in different situations. Sometimes I’m a timid rabbit, or a lone eagle flying solo. Other days I’m a pack animal like sheep, or maybe the sheep dog trying to guide a flock. Interesting exercise. Thanks for putting this out there to think about!


  2. I, too, believe my animal avatar changes with times and situations. You have challenged me to think about myself and others in a completely different manner–thanks for that.


    1. Paul – I often think about group dynamics at meetings, and why the same people speak up all the time and others never do.
      Anyway, I can tell you more about the activity that was the catalyst for this whole concept. In my four months of training, it was – by far – what stuck with me the most. It was fun, enlightening, and extremely useful and would be a great workshop or opening day activity for staff or students alike


  3. This is a new way to think of myself and others. I have to say I would not be any one animal, more like a mix of several. Interesting to hear what you consider the strengths and needs of your animal.


    1. I think it is interesting, too, When we originally did this as a large group (about 40 people) activity, each (group brainstormed their strengths and weakness, contributions, and needs. It was very enlightening to see how each animal typed viewed itself in relation to the other animals. Great food for thought in thinking about my own students as well.


  4. I feel connections to many of these creatures – at the moment I will pick eagle because of my recent encounter with one, and while they can soar high — they’re not always the most courageous in the animal kingdom (I do try to muster it most of the time). What a fascinating way to consider the learners in a classroom. And — this made me think of the old show, Wild Kingdom — happy childhood recollection. 🙂


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