A Lesson From a Bear

Through the years, my passion for wild life and the outdoors has gifted me with some truly amazing experiences. In fact, I have always believed that human beings can capture some of life’s most valuable lessons from their surroundings and Mother Nature herself!Allow me to share with you a story that I recently chanced upon…one that I find particularly intriguing.

A 250-pound bear wandered onto Rainbow Bridge on Old Highway 40 near Donner Summit in the Lake Tahoe, California area of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Apparently frightened by two oncoming cars, the bear went over the railing, then caught a ledge and pulled itself onto a concrete girder beneath the 80-foot-high bridge.

Undecided about what action they could take, animal control officials initially decided that nothing could be done immediately. But when they found the bear sound asleep on the ledge the following morning, they enacted a plan to rescue it.

While volunteers held a nylon net in place beneath the ledge, the bear was tranquilised. The volunteers then used a pole to push the groggy bear into the net, and then lowered it onto the floor of the ravine spanned by the bridge, where, after gaining consciousness, it walked away into the wilderness.

Source: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/bearledge.asp

The moral of the story? When confronted with an impossible situation, the best solution is to calm down and perhaps sleep on it! Who knows, if you remain composed, the universe might present you with a solution, faster than you imagine.

So the next time you see someone asleep at work, why not give them the benefit of the doubt…they might just be problem-solving!