“Come sit with me for a while.” The groundhog said as I softly tread through the drying leaves. He glanced over his shoulder to look for my reaction. Having nothing better to do at the moment I obliged the old fellow. We sat in silence for a few minutes listened closely to birds chatter. “It’s good when there’s lots of noise. It means that there’s no predators.” The kindly old woodchuck spoke. I nodded in agreement and waited for him to continue. He commented on the changes in leaves while gnawing on the acorns scattered about the base of our log and sniffed the wind. “The changes are coming. I can already smell the frost.” He spoke as he looked at me with sleepy eyes. I had to agree once more as I pulled my jacket a little tighter. He chewed another acorn and looked around a bit. “This is my thinking spot. I come here after a long day of foraging and try sort out the things that are important for a groundhog. Which fields to visit for the best herbs and seeds. What spots are good to hide from the coyotes and wildcats etc. A groundhog’s life can get complicated like that. And I have discovered that when I sit quietly I’m a pretty good thinker.” I tried to hide my amusement but I realized that what he was actually telling me was that in order to do well it was good to not be overwhelmed by the problem and that if I slow down and think about it the solution was already prepared. We just need to recognize it. Before I comment the Groundhog rose up from the log and stretched. Stifling a yawn he looked at me and said, “Good night and I’ll see you in February.” He then made his way to his burrow through the forest floor.
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