Earlier this week I shared a quote about squirrels, An Exacting Life left a comment which read:
I wonder why is it that when animals follow their instincts, they provide for themselves, but when we follow our instincts a sort of “party mentality” takes over and we forget about tomorrow.
I am currently reading Affluenza (which is very different from the documentary), and knew I would like this book when the first pictures in the book were reprints of photographs in Material World. Tonight I ended with a section which research showed (I am paraphrasing) people are unhappy and depressed when their lives revolve around earning money but are happier when they are in service or doing something they find rewarding for no monetary gain.
Tonight my grandson asked if he could spend the night with me. We had some quality time before bed, but once settled in he asked me what we were going to do tomorrow. I replied it depended on the weather. If it was still raining we would have an indoor day, but if nice we could go for a walk and he could play outside.
He then asked what I had for him to do if we had to stay inside. When asked what he wanted to do he replied he wanted to sand and asked if I had anything he could sand. I do, of course. Then he said he wanted to read. He also wanted to know what we would have to eat, after which he quickly fell asleep.
This got me thinking. If small children want to know what tomorrow will bring, and want to be doing something productive, when do we lose that natural instinct?
I think Exacting Life got only one small part of her comment wrong. I believe it is only the adults who forget how to listen to their basic instincts. A young child will stop eating when full, will lay down or ask to go to bed when tired most of the time, and a child wants to be doing something all the time.
What do you think? When do we forget to follow the basic instinct to have just enough?