Lessons From Snakes.

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2019

Lessons From Snakes.

I believe there are important lessons that we can learn from snakes.

These lessons can help us survive and succeed in the new economy.

Snakes are able to adapt to different terrains and harshest of environments.

Whether it is the hottest deserts or the coldest mountain peaks, the bush lands or in the water, they have been able to find a way to survive and reproduce themselves.

They are able to thrive even under the most challenging circumstances because they are known to be sensitive to the environment and are constantly vigilant.

They are wary about predators, and alert to risks and dangers.

In addition, they have an acute sense of smell and are able to use it to find sources of food.

Their lidless and unblinking eyes ensure that they are watchful and responsive at any point in time.

As a result of such a radar screen, they have been able to thrive for a long time.

Perhaps that’s why they have been the subject of many stories throughout hiss-story.

Snakes are prudent and ready to strike at both their predators and preys.

When they make a move, it is usually fast, direct and on target.

They can coil around their preys and strangle them, poison them, or swallow them whole.

I am by no means suggesting that we should be cruel and to act with violence.

Violence will only produce more violence.

I believe that “He who lives by the sword will die by the sword” (Mathew 26:52).

Having said that, we will do well to remember that in an unpredictable world, we must find ways to ring fence ourselves against real and potential enemies.

And render them harmless while we pursue worthwhile causes.

Humankind has a lot to be thankful to snakes because of their current and potential life-saving properties.

According to a report by The Straits Times dated February 13, 2013, researchers at the National University of Singapore have been able to extract and develop a powerful painkiller from king cobra.

It is 20 times more powerful than morphine.
Laboratory tests have proven so far that there are no side effects.

Another drug, Captopril was developed from the venom of vipers. It is used to treat high blood pressure.

British scientists have been able to convert snake venom into harmless elements.

These elements have the potential to be used to develop drugs for treatment of cancer and diabetes.

What I like about snakes is their ability to shed their overstretched skins so that they can grow a new one.

This moulting process can be used as a metaphor for regular re-starting of your life.

Life is a series of new beginnings.

You need to put behind and even forget negative experiences that serve no purpose in your life.

Be prepared to start a new chapter and focus on crafting a meaningful, exciting and fulfilling future.

From the above salient characteristics, you can appreciate why snakes have been associated with wisdom.

I believe the Bible has a saying, Be wise as a serpent but gentle as a dove (Mathew 10:16) for some of the above reasons.

As we pursue wisdom and practice it on a daily basis, it will help us reach our desired destination in life.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

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