What Ants, a dead Wasp and Tim Ferris have in common

board-2161880_1920So, it’s Saturday morning.  It’s truly my only day off of the week.  I don’t teach, train or work on my business.  I get up when I feel like it (usually when the sun beckons me), I do 1/2 hour of mobility or conditioning (it’s not training, I do it just because it makes my old body feel better), have a leisurely breakfast and almost always enjoy my coffee with a relaxing hot tub and a book.

This morning I pop open the lid and peer inside (never get into a hot tub without checking out what’s floating in it) and there’s something on the bottom.  Closer examination and it’s a drowned Wasp.  I scoop it out, it lands on the deck around the tub, I climb in.

I’ve been reading Tim Ferris’ Tools of Titans (I committed in January to read a book a month that would help me be better at something; lifting, living, understanding others, coaching – you get it.  Btw I was on track until I hit this book… it’s very big….  it might throw me off course, though so far, so good).  It’s a great book and what I think I am getting the most out of it is the theme that I need to slow down, be observant and maybe lighten up a wee bit on myself.  I highly recommend it.  Besides Tim is a great writer, he’s funny and so are the people he interviews.

Back to the Ant.  So, I finish my coffee and just before I pop out of the water I remember I’ve put a dead insect on my deck and I really would rather not step on it.  I look over the edge and can’t see the carcass.  WTH?  I peer a little closer though and see a mass of Ants.  Wee ones, scurrying about.  Then from between the deck boards, up comes the carcass, being pulled along by 3 little Ants.  They drag it rather quickly along the top and then drop it into another space between boards.  Oh oh, the Wasp seems to get stuck, I can see it jammed into a spot and there is tree debris blocking the path, looks like end of the journey to drag the carcass home has come.

I have to watch, I even consider reaching down and giving it a nudge.  Just as I lean over to intervene, two more Ants show up, one is pulling the debris out of the path, the other two are tugging on the carcass.  Pop, it comes loose and they drag what I assume will be dinner under the deck.  All I’ve got is ‘WOW’.

Made me think….  as humans, how often do we use the resources around us to hit our goals?  Our big fat egos often get in the way, to ask for help would be equivalent to admitting we are not strong, smart or capable enough.  I think we all need to take a lesson from the Ants be it in our quest to change something about our lives, get stronger or maybe do something that we believe we can’t…. like taking on a new business.

Thanks Tim Ferris for giving me access to so many people who graciously share their ‘secrets’ (aka their nuggets of advice).  Oh and I’m the section of ‘procrastination’ – so instead of thinking….. ‘hey there is a good story about these Ants and the Wasp, I’ll maybe blog about it someday’, I walked into my office, sat down and here you have it.  Happy Saturday everyone!

** Tim Ferris, author of ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’ – read it if you haven’t already.  He also has a great Podcast: fourhourworkweek.com/podcast/


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