In the Philosopher’s Note about Overachievement, Brian Johnson talks about how squirrels don’t engage their cerebral cortex before scurrying across a high wire. They just do it. Our cerebral cortexes save us from being squashed squirrels by the side of the road, but you don’t see too many of those compared to the lithe acrobatic jumping of our furry tailed little friends. They’re especially fun to watch in winter, when you can really see them high up in the bare trees.
Squirrels don’t overanalyze, second-guess themselves, or become paralyzed by fear. They just go. All the time. You never see a squirrel being lazy. They’re always in the present moment – maybe it’s squirreltuition.