One morning in April, as I raked the falling dried leaves of trees in our backyard into a pile, I noticed that something was crawling and hiding inside the space of a one particular leaf’s wrinkle. I tried to open the curled portion of the leaf and amazed to see an eight-legged, air-breathing arthropod equipped with chelicerae and a fang that injects venom. It was a spider.
I then called on my three-year-old son, Nathaniel, and introduced him to one of nature’s amazing creatures. Naturally, his curiosity was piqued as he watched the tiny creature closely and intently. “Papa Nap, what’s this?” he asked. “A spider,” I told him. “Wow,” he said with so much joy and excitement.
It brought back memories from the past, when I was a lot younger, on how this tiny creature opened my eyes to a window of truth and discovery by changing my way of looking at things. Sure, I’ve been seeing spiders many times already but you had to see it differently if you want to find out what’s beyond the surface and what message it has to best convey to you. My son wouldn’t understand what it’s all about yet, though, but one day he, too, would.
Why I am bringing this topic here is simple: I wanted to tell people that spiders are more than just what we used to know about them. When you try to observe them closely, you will be able to see nature at its most awe inspiring. Here are eight life lessons you could learn from observing a spider:
ABILITY TO BOUNCE BACK
In life, there are hard times you need to deal with: defeats, disappointments, failures, or setbacks. The spider is showing us how to handle all these things by starting over again each time. You can start over again, too, no matter how hard life has become and no matter how many times you tried and failed.
ABILITY TO SEEK NOT THE APPROVAL OF OTHERS
When the spider makes its web, it does not go around seeking the approval of what it has created. It does not crave recognition nor of awards from some architectural and design council in the insect world. It just focused on doing what needs to be done unmindful of what others may think or say.
ABILITY TO DO THINGS INDEPENDENTLY
A spider is known for always building its own web and on its own. Each one of us, just like the tiny but mighty spider, could as well build our dreams single-handedly. It doesn’t mean you would totally abandon the need to seek out other’s help or guidance forever. But the point is you have got to start it right on your own and the people who could truly help you with it would show up later.
ABILITY TO BECOME EXTRAORDINARY
If the spider is known to only build ordinary-looking webs, I wouldn’t even notice it in the first place. But lo and behold! It created a masterpiece each time. Not to mention the fact that such a beautiful network of silk web it has created is also used to catch its food by trapping its prey.
ABILITY TO CONSTANTLY BUILD
In case you don’t still know it, a spider is capable of building its web every single day and for as long as it needs rebuilding or repairing. It never tires.
ABILITY TO DO THINGS DILIGENTLY
You would never have an idea how long it took the spider to build its web but it works diligently until it is done creating its masterpiece. A spider is showing us how it is like when we’re hardworking, diligent, and focused on what we’re doing. The results could be great.
ABILITY TO THINK BIG
A spider is known to build web a hundred times bigger than its size. Could you imagine that? It was impressive. The spider is demonstrating his ability to think big from the very beginning and in casting wide of its net.
ABILITY TO BELIEVE FOR WHAT IT IS CAPABLE OF DOING
Who would have thought that a spider’s web, though incredibly fragile at one point, and yet so strong at another. Yes, a spider knows what it is capable of spinning. It gets started and believes in its natural ability.
So if you think that you are so weak and unimportant so that you would never accomplish anything. Reflect. You need to take time to observe a spider and learn the lessons they could impact upon your life.