On a recent adventure, it was my son's turn to navigate the trail. The map was challenging. The trails weren't always marked correctly. We took solace in taking [A LOT of] trail photography. I discovered that he is/was fascinated by the snails. We're talking maybe 100 photos of these little guys along the trail.
When we discussed the snail, I loved how he recognized the importance of simplicity and resilience of carrying its shell on its back. It got me thinking...
What is resilience? It is the ability to overcome. Snails are able to hitch a ride to new homes by surviving being eaten by birds. It's an amazing and fun fact, and it's true. It is a great example of resilience.
Landing in a new area, snails already have their home with them. Their self-reliance helps them survive being eaten and dropped, both literally and figuratively, into new situations.
As leaders, we need to look for inspiration for ourselves and support others as they develop their own resilience and self-reliance. During this Covid era, many people probably feel like they've been eaten and dropped into a new location. Jobs are slippery. Entire industries are devastated, just as others are thriving.
What steps have you taken recently to build your resilience & self-reliance?
Want to learning more about birds and snails? Check out this article from National Geographic.