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February 6, 2011

What animal would you be?

Whether or not you have pets, animals are a daily part of our lives. From the birds flying in the sky to the deer running through your yard (and eating your vegetable garden), wildlife surrounds us. Animals often leave us awed by characteristics that are essential to their survivability. Is there a particular animal that you relate to more than others? Awaken your inner beast and post your thoughts on which creature you'd be, given the opportunity to make a temporary switch.

Share your ideas and help shape the dialogue in a meaningful way. Your contribution makes all the difference in building a stronger Design is Love community. Remember, participation is caring.

01.23.11 / 10:18 PM
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! With so many animals to pick from we're finding it difficult to chose one. We relate Design is Love to the characteristics of a few animals: First being the Monkey for its opposable thumbs, experience with space travel and general awesomeness. Next we'd include the Horse, quite possibly the most elegant creature on this planet. We like to think of ourselves as workhorses and it would be inconsiderate not to include our brethren in the composite. Lastly, we'd pick the Penguin, the most well-dressed creature nature has created. A penguin is no stranger to hardships, yet they even through difficulties they consistently maintain composure and a deep understanding of community.

Maybe we could cross-breed to create a new animal, kinda like an adorable Monkorseguin. We know it's a jungle out there and we can't wait to find out how you all would choose to fill it.
01.26.11 / 6:51 PM
where is everybody?
01.26.11 / 9:08 PM
For all that know me, I'm not going to surprise anyone with this response: rhinoceros. I'm fascinated by the size of the animal, To be that big, covered in armor, yet agile and able to turn in tight spaces...amazing! The dichotomy of characteristics blows my mind. Could you imagine weighing more than a ton and being able to run at 40+ mph? Scary...yet research shows the White Rhinoceros is quite gregarious....even seen in the amicable relationship they have with oxpeckers.

Why do I identify with the rhinoceros? Earlier in my life I had a pretty short temper, sorta like the rhino. But more often than not, this creature charges not out of anger but because they can't see well and it's instinctual to protect by confronting danger. I've learned to look deeper and understand more before reacting, so I don't go hurting things around me due to a lack of vision. I strive to be strong in life and body, but also remain capable of quickly changing directions given the need.

My dream: one day get close enough to a rhino to connect through a quick touch. I'll be sure to go in with hands waving, just to be sure it sees me coming...
01.27.11 / 11:52 AM
I would be a time traveling aquatic dinosaur with an underwater digital camera. I would take a ton of pictures because there were some insanely bizarre and fascinating creatures back then. Then I'd bring home a pet trilobite to the present and name it Larry.
01.27.11 / 6:39 PM
Considering my first word was Hippo I would have to argue that this animal is the coolest beast with four legs (sorry Troy but my Hippo would eat your Rhino). The hippopotamus, otherwise known as the "river horse", is fast and strong. I have always been in awe of their ability to swim so elegantly despite their large, awkward build. They have large mouths, eat only plants, and are fairly solitary animals who are not very territorial when on land. They live in rivers where there are no sharks (my biggest fear). Although they appear very lazy and docile, hippos can be very dangerous when threatened and almost never lose a fight. I would love to be a hippo more then any other creature mostly because I feel that no matter how many times I see a hippo on the television or zoo, they never cease to amaze me and I would love to have that effect on people all the time!
01.27.11 / 11:54 PM
I love Giraffe's so I would want to be a Giraffe. For one thing, each Giraffe has a beautiful and unique spot pattern and no two Giraffes have the same pattern. The Giraffe is one of the largest, strongest and peaceful animal on earth. It has a big heart (24 lbs and 2 feet long). I have a big heart too and only small in the physical sense. Giraffe's are social animals that live in herds. They have excellent eyesight to watch out for each other and spot the enemy and can kill a Lion with one kick.

I think Giraffe's are graceful and beautiful and has qualities I respect and love.
01.31.11 / 10:07 PM
i was so certain that i'd be a bear. i worked on a farm in high school/college and the old owner was referred to as "the bear". that is manly. it's also a danny devito movie.

then i thought about it (and took some "what animal are you " quizzes).

i think an owl suits me more. maybe it's the labyrinth fan in me, maybe not. i don't have the personality of the bear, arguably just the body type.

i choose an owl for several reasons: i am very selective about when and what i say, nighttime is the right time, wisdom seems to often be on my side and i am an amazingly strong starer.

also, owls are rarely thought of (even by me). i say that because i am extremely comfortable not being seen and i am always comfortable in the background. observing is one of my favorite activities.

finally, for me, flying is a lot more fun than fishing.
02.01.11 / 7:52 PM
After much consideration: wolf. I just checked it out on our medicine cards.
Here's what it says:
Wolf is the pathfinder, the forerunner of new ideas who returns to the clan to teach and share medicine. If you were to keep company with wolves, you would find an enormous sense of family within the pack, as well as a strong individualistic urge.
Baying at the moon is may indicate Wolf's desire to connect with new ideas which are just below the surface of consciousness.
The gift of wisdom comes to you when you have walked enough pathways and found enough dead-ends to truly know the forest. In the discovery and rediscovery of every inch of ground comes the knowledge that nothing ever remains the same.

@bcgrabell: owl sound bites: night eagle. You may be a little frightening to be around, since so many people have ulterior motives which you see right through. Befriend the darkness inside yourself. magic—black and white indiscriminately.

@all others: there is no Native American insight to your animals, you flagrant iconoclasts!
02.01.11 / 8:55 PM
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein

I would be a cat. They are heroes and companions. Keepers of secrets and the supernatural. They are intuitive and watchful. They are the agents of change. In Norse mythology, Freyja's chariot was pulled by a cat. In Rome the cat was a symbol of domestic goodness, which is interesting because the cat was the last animal to be domesticated (have you heard the rumors of my dreadful cooking?)

Having said all this . . . I'd love to have days where I just get to play, hunt, eat, sleep in the sun and simply be adored.
02.01.11 / 9:00 PM
I really can't think of what animal I'd like to be... so many to choose from! I'm off to take some "What Animal Are You?" quizzes. Thanks Brian!

(I'll be back)
02.01.11 / 9:17 PM
So many animals come to mind. One is the mynah bird: http://www.youtube.com/user/cmhhawaii#p/u/0/gLlGKhJ4sbs
02.02.11 / 7:14 AM
@katherineGill : for the longest time I thought it was minor bird, but people in Massachusetts + NYC couldn't pronounce it quite right...
That is a very odd video you posted.
Why the mynah bird?
02.06.11 / 10:40 AM
@rich = reading "befriending the darkness" is chilling. i have been working on my self and part of that work is about getting deeper and becoming comfortable with my shadow. also what is interesting about that work and the animal that you chose is the native american story of the two wolves:


An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority and ego.

The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “the one you feed.”
02.06.11 / 10:43 AM
@katherineGill = that bird freaked me out. very interesting, but freaky nonetheless.

@ melissa - there is a really good brewery called riverhorse. one of my favorite beers of theirs is triplehorse, but it is very strong (like you're animal choice) so watch out.

check it: http://www.riverhorse.com/


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