Sloths are endearing creatures that spend most of their lives living among the treetops in tropical rainforests. Aside from being slower and energy-conservative creatures, sloths have been adapted for life in the treetops. They have curved toes, long limbs, and organs adapted for hanging upside-down. Many lessons can be taken from these tree-top creatures. Here are some I've learned from these adorable wise creatures.
1. Take things slow
There is a push, especially in today's modernized and technologized age, to achieve as much as peers faster, better, and in a more boast-worthy way. This stressful mentality is not only detrimental to mental health, but also to relationships as competition between peers and utility of peers is sought after more than real social and emotional connections. Take the time to take things slow. There is no rush to be anywhere. Only your own personal push forward toward your own goal destination should be motivating you to move forward, not the thought of competition or superiority over others.
2. Test each branch before moving forward
Sloths, when they move in treetops, take careful time to test out a branch to see if it can carry their weight, if it's the direction they really want to go, and if it's worth the effort to progress in that certain direction. These simple evaluations made before grabbing and moving along a branch are incredibly applicable to everyday decisions. Before expending a large portion of energy to work on a task or before making a big decision, visualize yourself as the sloth and evaluate your path, as well. This will maximize time, effort, and happiness.
3. Eat leaves!
Sloths' diets consist of mostly treetop and canopy vegetation. Although sloths' primarily vegetative diet is due to their location limitations, this diet is worth replication and modeling. Eating a diet based on vegetables and fruits leads to numerous health benefits, including increased energy, sufficient vitamin and mineral intake, and lowered risk of health diseases. Eating healthy will leave you feeling refreshed and energized to take on the day, hopefully, a bit faster than would a sloth.
4. Shout when there is trouble
The small squeaks and squeals of sloths can be heard when they sense danger, but also when they are interacted with in a way that is unfavorable to them. Having the ability to also voice concerns or communicate with others openly when one is uncomfortable or in need of help is a necessary life skill. The sloth is unafraid to voice its fears while also vocalizing that it is not afraid of the danger it senses. Having a brazen attitude and being direct when communicating are all sloth attributes that should be reflected in conversations and confrontations.
5. Sometimes it's good to hang upside-down
Sloths spend most of their time hanging from branches or other foliage upside-down. However, there are times sloths flip around when climbing or hanging to get a change of position or to get a better vantage point. Spending time trying to view things from another perspective or even taking the time to just enjoy the view and the life that is being lived in the moment is invaluable. Much of enjoyment in life is when our memories are evaluated at a distance. Take the time to reflect on your life and just hang around. Be proud of all your achievements and visualize all the possible opportunities you have to progress. The world is your treetop!