What can we Learn from Penguins?

The way you measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Issue No. 86 –  10th March 2010

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What Can We Learn From Penguins?

I’ve always loved penguins, especially Emperor Penguins. The way they waddle is hilarious, the way they skate on their fat bellies is remarkable and very clever if you want to get anywhere in a hurry, and they always look so splendidly dressed, as if permanently ready to go to a ball somewhere. The real deal with these penguins though, is their ability to recognize the importance of being part of the team. During winter an individual penguin would die of exposure if he stayed alone, but if they all huddle together for warmth and protection in a big group, they all survive. The way they survive is that they take turns to go on the outside of the group. There appears to be a fairly constant shuffling going on as places are traded, to give everyone a turn at being cozy in the centre of the group and then gradually moving to the outside again. In this way no one penguin is better than or more privileged than any other. The pecking order can be re-established later on but during winter, survival of the whole community is the only consideration. No one needs to be in charge of this organisational structure; no one complains and no one misses out. Extraordinary.

We tend to lose sight of the bigger picture, the group goal, when we focus on ourselves. If we were to take heed of the message from penguins, we would look beyond our own egos and recognize that everyone has a place; we are all cogs in the great wheel, as it were. We all get a turn to ‘shine’ and bask in the warm glow of success and adoration but when it’s our turn to be ‘out in the cold’ again while someone else shines that’s OK because our turn will come around again.

Pondr that thought next time you are driven to distraction by the day’s irritations or when you feel you are being overlooked in favour of another. Perhaps it’s just your perception that needs altering? What role are you playing in the bigger picture?

Quotes of the Week

Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together. Source unknown

Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Source unknown



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Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her ‘Kidz-Fiz-Biz’ program.

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