I was sitting at my desk this morning when I looked up to see a young squirrel hopping across my front yard and up onto a raised bed surrounding our tree. He then perched on the wall for a moment, turning his head looking around before he scampered up the tree and onto a bottom limb, Mr. Squirrel then sat on the limb, facing the road, watching traffic go by.
What was his reason for going to the tree and stopping first on the wall and then sitting on the branch? What was the purpose of this observation? Was he looking for someone, meaning another squirrel? Was he contemplating the safety of venturing out and crossing the road? Was he just enjoying the morning view, something to do for a moment?
After a few minutes he scampered back down the tree and without hesitation hopped off the raised flower bed, onto the lawn and ran back from the direction in which he had originally come. What was his next destination? Why was he going there?
We will never know what was going on in that squirrel’s mind. What his purpose or goals were at the moment. In our hectic, fast-paced world it is relaxing to contemplate for a moment what is going on in the mind of an animal that appears to take action that in some form or another had a purpose, we just don’t know what that purpose was.