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?