I was reading this for the very first time with my niece a while back, and I was amazed at the simplicity.
Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree, he believes it’s way too dangerous out there!
The unknown can be a very scary place for Scaredy and thus he’d rather stay in his safe, familiar tree than risk venturing out into The Unknown.
Scaredy has a very specific list of fears. In a nutshell (pardon the pun) this is:
- Poison Ivy
- Green Martians
- Killer Bees
Of course there are advantages and disadvantages to leaving his nut tree. He could stay where he is – in predictability OR he could take a risk and venture out into The Unknown.
One of the things I love dearly about this book is Scaredy’s ‘Exit Plan’ and ‘Emergency Kit’. There is a comprehensive kit including parachute, bug spray, net, sardines, antibacterial soap and mask/rubber gloves.
It was at this point that I thought Wow! isn’t that true for us in life? We all have our list of fears around the unknown – things we fear may happen if we go for something we haven’t done before or is generally out of our comfort zone.
And his exit plan! This made me smile hugely – his comprehensive list of ‘safety’ measures. I mean, how often do we go into automatic pilot, behaving in ways that aren’t necessarily true to our ourselves or our purposes?
Instead we act out our ‘exit plan’ hoping this will reduce our fears and increase our control over the outcome. Very sadly, the result can be a massive reduction in our capacity to be open to life and creative.
And then SHOCK! The unexpected happens – a killer bee appears out of nowhere! This was NOT part of the plan. Scaredy panics and knocks his emergency kit out of the tree and out of reach.
Unexpected events – a tricky one eh? How can we be sure what is going to happen at any given moment – from where I am sitting now this could be extremely exciting OR frightening OR both.
Through sheer panic, Scaredy discovers that he actually has the ability to fly. He glides through the air and discovers he is a flying squirrel! The result is joy, adventure, carefree – a huge sense of being Alive!
Would he have ever known this if he had stayed in predictability?
Every day after this Scaredy ventures out into The Unknown. Yes there may be unexpected events BUT they may be equally wonderful as they are scary.
It is at least 50/50 isn’t it? Would you not want to at least have a go?