I always liked the old saying "you learn something new everyday," and sometimes that knowledge can be derived from a surprising source. see for yourself as we chit-chat with a chipmunk.
"My name is Lanaya. I am a descendant of the Tamias tribe that have lived here for many, many ages.... in fact, my ancestors have scampered upon earth since the Miocene Epoch- almost 20 million years ago."
"We believe the term chipmunk comes from the word "Adjidaumo" which is pronounced a-chit'-a-mauk, meaning "head-first." It's origin is from the native people of North America, and refers to the way squirrels descend trees."
"A packed larder going into the winter season, and a well camouflaged entry and exit hole to my burrow."
"How would you describe yourself?"
"Small in stature, but very big on personality!"
"Insofar as my values, I want to be true to myself. I represent the perfected evolution of Tamias striatus, and I want to embody all things positive about being a chipmunk."
1. "Always build an extensive tunnel, you never know when you might have to pop in.
2. Always opt to stay up late to chirp upon a fallen log, then dash away home before twilight... the warm, summer evenings go so quickly.
3. Hone your technique for captivating receptive personalities; this can really pay off in peanuts.
4. Never stop storing away for the winter: your life depends on it!"
"When I see the changing pattern of darkness turn to light. A new day slowly exposing itself, stirring from out of the shadows, gifting us with innumerable possibilities to enlighten our senses: adventure, meditation, companionship, creativity, humor, sorrow; I am inspired beyond imagination to savor the air, behold the intricate loveliness, eavesdrop on a hummingbird, and brush against a dandelion."
"What bad habit do you want to break?"
"Stealing all of the sunflower seeds from the birds."
"What good habit do you want to cultivate?"
"Sharing corn with the squirrels."
"The repair and enlargement of my burrow. Teaching my little chipmunks how to forage for food. Helping them understand and enjoy their life in the forest. Being with them!"
"My inner dialogue consists of a strong conscience, balanced by an acceptance of reality, and protected by the caution of survival."
"What is your ideal life partner like?"
"Here he is, he's good company!"
"Where are you living right now--- the past, future or present?"
"All of the above!"
"Keeping fit with plenty of activities, eating whole foods, getting restful sleep, allotting time to myself for contemplation, fresh air, appreciation of the earth, camaraderie with others. Yes, I would say that I was living life to the fullest."
"That which radiates confidence and knows the intricacies of understanding. My highest self realizes that there is more to "being" than what we experience on the physical plane. That invisible, yet ever present hum that alerts us to an energy that resonates with all that ever was, is, or will be. That at once, I am minutely small, and also a part of something vastly enormous."
"To see the world around me as a chipmunk. I exist to add complexity to our planet. My mission is to maintain a balance."
"What is the meaning of life?"
"Life is as you perceive it. And it is always more endearing if your perceptions are pleasant!"
"Thank you, see you later!"
Thanks to www.neurolove.me for the choice of questions.