Lessons from the Agouti

The Agouti, a small animal found in rainforests and other tropical basins, is one of the very few animals who can open a brazil nut. The Agouti has a special gift. It is distinctive in nature. Unique in this ability, they serve to cultivate and abundantly spread the Brazil Nut tree as they bury uneaten seeds for later use. This simple story serves as a metaphor for great leaders in their life and service to others.

Each of us has wonderful, beautiful gifts that are unique to us alone just as the small Agouti. It is our joy (and responsibility) in life to discover and exercise them that others will benefit from their value and richness. We are the ones who will plant and cultivate the seeds of joy, hope, promise and potential in those whom we touch and serve. In doing so, they, too, will share their gifts and treasures for the joy and enrichment of those whom they serve. As we do this on our journey, may we remember always the words and counsel of Michelangelo: “Your gifts lie in the place where your values, passions and strengths meet. Discovering that place is the first step toward sculpting your masterpiece, Your Life.”

May your life be a masterpiece that inspires others to paint their own. As Thomas Edison wrote: “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” Astound yourself every moment of your life. Be more than you ever dreamed you could be… and more… so much more.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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