It has never happened in my entire life.
In fact, I never thought it was a thing.
I mean, I know they do it. Every animal does, right? Even people do.
A few weeks ago on a walk, I noticed a stationary squirrel. And guess what he/she was doing? Yep, pooping. It was a flash of a moment, but as it ran from its feces, I realized I’d stumbled upon something historic. Hence, the Pooping Squirrel Principle.
No, that won’t be the title of my next book, but stay with me.
It was such a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, that I realized perhaps there are other simple but interesting things happening around us every day. The question is: do we slow down enough to see them? No doubt I’ve run past pooping squirrels in the past, not taking note of them. But that day, I noticed.
How do you capitalize on the Pooping Squirrel Principle? Five Ways:
- Take a walk every day, even if it’s just around your office building. Be on the lookout for anomalies in God’s creation (like pooping squirrels).
- Dare to NOT multi-task. Case in point: I was writing this post AND cooking dinner. Guess who burned the tortillas?
- Give yourself one true day off a week (Sabbath). Give yourself permission to truly relax, preferably outdoors.
- Try new routes and ways of doing things. If you always walk a certain route, do it in reverse. Walk down an alleyway instead of a main street. Explore a part of your town you haven’t seen before. You’ll be more apt to noticing unusual things.
- Ask God to gift you with the ability to notice unusual things, then treat those new experiences as gifts from Him.
And, if by chance, you’ve ever seen a pooping squirrel, do tell all in the comments…