In this blog, I will explain how you can gain inspiration in your professional and personal life from squirrels. Trust me? Read on.

In the house where I’m living with friends, squirrels have become a huge nuisance.

They’ve found their way into the walls and attic and damaged ventilation and water lines. One day my friend came home from work to find water pouring down from a downstairs bathroom ceiling. Who knew that squirrels can chew through PVC pipes? Well, I had no idea until I googled it.

In other damage, the bill to fix the HVAC ductwork upstairs is more than a grand. But considering the upstairs sometimes reaches 92 degrees without the AC working, we’re eager to make sure the squirrels go elsewhere and then make the repairs.

My friend’s solution has been to entice the squirrels into trap cages with corn. Boy, they’re going for it: seven squirrels in three days. Before you go all animal protectionist on me, let me remind you that I’m there with you. I protect animals so much that I’ve been a vegetarian for 33 years. For a few years as a teenager, I even was consumed with guilt for eating fruits and vegetables. But that’s another story. Back to the squirrels.

Squirrel prepares for a new life

When you approach the squirrels in the cage, they’re lunging and hissing. They continue their angry, scared, frantic movement as you place them in the back seat of the car. With the motion of the moving vehicle, a calmness settles over them. One squirrel settled in enough to resume munching on the corncob as we drove into the country.

The place where we’re taking this family of squirrels is hundreds of acres of lush beauty: ferns, shrubs and trees as far as you can see. The community hopes this land will someday become a campus of medical offices and other industry, but that’s surely decades away in this small town’s still-depressed economy. The squirrels and their descendants have generations to come of open space, freedom, happiness and new opportunities.

The squirrels had known only this yard along a busy street – albeit with some huge trees – within the city limits. Change was scary for them. As we released Squirrel No. 6 out of the cage to join the rest of his family out there in the country, he leapt a good six feet, followed by a couple other long bunny hops, until he disappeared into the woods.

While we may be scared of the newness ahead, we all can hope to find the courage to leap into a new life of experiences and opportunities. Embrace change. I’m sure glad I did. When will you make your move?

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