Monday, September 26, 2011

Spirit Animals

Many years ago (seems like a lifetime now) I took a personality test that put the test taker in one of four categories. I can't remember what the actual test was called but you were either a lion...
didn't know I was such a buddy to the lions did you?
a Golden Retriever...
Conchscooter's English Golden Retriever 'Cheyenne' 
and an otter or a beaver  (sorry, don't have any pictures... but you can picture the otter frolicking and the beaver busily building...). That's it. Those four. 
At the time, I scored heavily as a Golden Retriever. It was depressing because the Retriever is a nice enough pet, but not something I aspired to be as a human being. I wouldn't have minded if I had scored as a lion. After all, there is Aslan. He is the great lion who is "dangerous" "not a tame lion." But he is good and throughout the Narnia chronicles he is gentle and wise. So, being a lion wouldn't be a bad thing. 
But I didn't score as a lion. 
I was a Golden Retriever. *sigh* A house pet.
Later, I did various other personality tests and my view of myself broadened. I realized that wasn't the whole picture. And I realized that first test had presented  a very limited (and limiting!) view of myself and of anyone else who I might try to put into those four categories. People are as varied as the animal kingdom itself!
A few years ago I decided to choose the animal that I would emulate, the one that speaks to the spirit that I wanted to have and the one that corresponded to the spirit I already had. It wasn't hard to choose. I knew myself well enough that when I read the description of this creature, I knew I had found my match: 

  • Change
  • Wisdom
  • Balance
  • Harmony
  • Communication skills
  • Freedom
  • Trust
  • Understanding the power of rhythm in your life
  • Use of breath to release intense emotions
Remember, some of these I strive to meet, others I think are already part of my personality. This is the wisdom of the...

  What is your spirit animal? If you don't know, you can go here to choose one! 


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