What Does A Monkey See In The Mirror?

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle.  There are many things to be afraid of in this world.  For me, I am afraid of shiny floors, the lack of peanut butter cookies and thunder.  For Deputy Digby Pancake, he is afraid of metal grates, waterfalls and low ceilings.  Maybe you are afraid of all that too.  And maybe you are afraid of monkeys.  If you are afraid of monkeys, well, ask yourself this…especially if you are in Silver Springs State Park in Silver Springs, Florida.  What does a monkey see in the mirror?

We decided to hit the trails yesterday!

When we were walking on the swamp trail here at the park yesterday, there were many warnings about the monkeys.  I can’t read, but Girl Person can.  And she said just to be on the lookout and to listen.  She said it wasn’t every day that you get to be in the company of a monkey.

Persons seem to like signs a lot I have noticed.  It’s almost as if we have to be told everything.

My question is this.  Persons put these monkeys out here a long time ago for tourists.  Now persons are afraid of the monkeys that they put there in the first place.

Persons are afraid, but then they want to get close and don’t respect them.  Then they make more problems.  And then they think they have a bigger problem than what they really do because if they would just leave them alone in the first place, they wouldn’t have to worry at all.  Sometimes, I wonder if persons really know the problems that they cause for living things, for nature, for our earth and beyond.

Sometimes I wonder if they see the truth of their actions.  When a monkey looks in the mirror he sees a monkey.  When a person looks in the mirror, who do they see?  Most often, not the truth.  Not their true selves. It’s time they look to the monkeys.  It’s time that they look higher.  It’s time they should aspire to be like the monkeys at Silver Springs State Park.

If there is just one…just one thing that I wish persons would learn from traveling is that you don’t have to be afraid of things you are unfamiliar with.  You can learn from them.  After you learn about them, learn how to respect them and admire them from afar.  And then after you have done all of that, think about how you can make the world a better place for them by leaving them alone with love.

Think about how who you see in the mirror.  Are you being honest with yourself, or can you make changes?  Just like the monkeys that were left here in the 1930’s for people to enjoy, there may come a day when you need to climb higher than others around you.  Don’t let others who don’t care make it ok for you not to care.

We may be leaving Silver Springs State Park today…but the lessons we have learned here will stay with me always.  And so will the lessons of the monkeys.  I may not have been able to touch them or feel them face to face.  But that’s ok.  They still touched my heart.

-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

 We are back on the road today. Where are we going? We are going to let Jax decide…

Learning With Purpose

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. I am always up for a good adventure.

Travel has a way of opening up your mind in ways you aren’t prepared for.

Some things that you learn prepare you for the future. Some things that you learn make you reflect on the past. Some things you learn help others. But one thing is for certain. Learning is never a waste of time.

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford

We can’t forget where we were at this time last week.

We had a very sick Deputy Digby Pancake. And we would not have imagined that he would be making a trip the same time next week.

So to say that we are so happy together is an understatement. We learned from that experience, as awlful as it was. But learning doesn’t mean you have to dwell. And so yesterday, we decided to check out a museum in this Florida place to do some learning of other sorts.

We did some learning about people who used to live here that aren’t forgotten. They were called Florida crackers. And so we visited the museum at Silver Springs State Park.

“He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” Confucius

it’s not every day that a dog gets to go to a museum to learn about Florida crackers.

It’s not every day that a dog gets to go learn about sugarcane and baking bread and life on a farm. I realize this. So I didn’t take our day for granted. Either did Digby. You see, yesterday was the first day he felt pretty good. I feel pretty every day, but that’s a different story.

We took a stroll thru the museum and looked at the buildings. We even got to see sugarcane and how they used to cook it. Wow. That was a hard job.

Seems like a lot of things for persons were hard back then. At least that’s what they think. But sometimes I wonder if things are still hard now. Just in different ways. I would say things are definitely more complicated.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”-Benjamin Franklin

But no matter when you lived, or where, learning is something everyone does. It’s when we learn with a purpose that can benefit. What is that purpose? It’s different for every one of us.

You see, maybe some of us learn to be simply entertained. Maybe some of us learn to remember or relate to the ones before us. For Girl Person, since she was born in this Florida place, she liked the museum because she got to see first hand stories her Pappy had told her about sugarcane. She got to see what life was like long ago.

For others, some may learn to do better at a job or to broaden their viewpoints. They say ignorance is bliss. It’s easy to feel more important or think you’re always right when you don’t learn about someone else’s point of view. Learning with a purpose puts you second. But makes you better.

There is always something to learn. The question should be what do I need to learn?

Stay with us as we explore more of Silver Springs State Park today and we might just find some monkeys. I wonder what we can learn from them.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle