What good qualities could we possibly learn from a skunk? People generally back away from it, with intense annoyance I may add.
Yet, I dare say we can discover valuable attributes from this lowly and unassuming creature, the skunk.
An omnivorous, the skunk like other small animals, could easily be prey for the much larger and stronger predators. But unlike other animals that scurry away in fear of predators at every rustle, the skunk roams about in relative peace. Readily identified by its markings, predators know the terrible inconvenience the skunk’s spray can cause. Extremely awful, skunk spray stinks so bad the mere mention of its name will make even human’s skin to crawl. “Ugh!” You may add in disgust. Predators in the wild certainly feel the same, as they leave the skunk alone. No hurrying about, no fear, no stings, no venom to protect itself, the skunk symbolizes:
The skunk thus teaches us: No violence. As a token animal, the skunk counsels that violence is not necessary to defend oneself. Employing wit and preparation, we can avoid conflict and violent confrontation even with our most vicious enemies. Why preparation? Yes, the skunk makes advance preparation to protect itself. Its noxious spray takes a week to make and is enough only for about four sprays. Therefore, the skunk must calculate how many sprays it could possibly use in every excursion that it might protect itself for the week. Miscalculations on its range, amount of food it can find, and possible predators on the prowl could cause it its life. With the owl its most serious predator, it being of no sense of smell, the skunk is safer during the day to scrounge for food. So despite it crepuscular nature, smart skunks forage on daytime. To survive longer in the wild, the skunk must have its wits about, all the while making sure it will not run out of spray.
Non-violent in its defence, the skunk is a peaceful creature. If we adopt its peace loving ways, we might also acquire its carefree attitude, a rarity in the animals of its size in the wild.
Thus, the skunk also symbolizes:
These pleasant qualities of the skunk can be of valuable use to us living in these very stressful modern times. People who chose the skunk as an animal totem are gently natured. They have an air of easy confidence and composure that is very pleasing to others. In stressful situations, the skunk can impart good judgment, easing you out of difficulties with tact and diplomacy. The skunk can also help us find our “centre,” that peaceful state we can retreat to in times of distress. Troublesome children can also be pacified with the help of the skunk. Do not be shy to seek its assistance. It is always happy to come to your aid. Be grateful afterwards and thank it for the guidance. A genial creature, it is truly a pleasure to be acquainted with the skunk.
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