Lessons From the Gentle Giants

florida-manatee-toursIn a river of alligators, be a manatee.  The manatee is a gentle creature commonly referred to as a “sea cow” or “gentle giant” due to its size of over 1000 pounds and the fact that it grazes on vegetation.  Alligators and sharks normally leave them alone.  The manatee is also an endangered species and most deaths are attributed to man.

When you find yourself swimming with alligators and sharks – in other words, the aggressive type of people in your life, how do you survive?  The manatee is very gentle and non-assuming.  It does not provoke a fight and when it comes across one of these aggressive types swimming in the same location, it just kind of ignores them and goes on about its business.  It does not take it personal that they are there and acting the way they do.  Now many of you may be thinking that this is letting them have their way or giving in to their behavior.  However, there is another way to look at it.  If someone else’s behavior is irritating you, ask yourself why.  What is it exactly that is causing you to be uncomfortable or angry or whatever emotion you are feeling.  What is it within yourself that is responding in this manner to someone else’s behavior?

Another thing to keep in mind is that you are not responsible for anyone else’s actions other than your own.  If we can just keep that in mind – realize that it is their journey and not ours – then we are not taking it personal.  As Don Miguel Ruiz says, “Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”  Namaste

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