Are You a Camel or a Horse?

“Camels are traitorous: they walk thousands of paces and never seem to tire. Then suddenly, they kneel and die. But horse tire bit by bit. You always know how much you can ask of them, and when it is that they are about to die.” from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Which are you and why?

I believe I am a camel. I just keep going and keep going until everything just sneaks up on me and I realized that I feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. So how do you cultivate horse tendencies? How does one learned to be aware of their limitations? How do you learn how much you can ask of yourself? Well, one way is to go until you collapse then the next time you’ll know. That was a very camel like thing to say. LOL!

I think that a balance of both is good. I believe that both traits have values. The key is to what you tend towards and how to shift into the other trait when appropriate. Sometimes there is a need to keep going and going until it’s all done. Most times however, it best to know exactly how much you can ask of yourself.

I think it’s probably easier for a horse to become a camel than a camel to become a horse. However being the camel that I am, I’m probably biased.

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