The Pooping Squirrel Principle


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.

But squirrels?

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:

  1. 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).
  2. Dare to NOT multi-task. Case in point: I was writing this post AND cooking dinner. Guess who burned the tortillas?
  3. Give yourself one true day off a week (Sabbath). Give yourself permission to truly relax, preferably outdoors.
  4. 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.
  5. 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…