On Thanksgiving Day here in Wisconsin the temps were in the 60s and then plummeted to the 30s the next day. It was also terribly windy on Friday, adding to the cold.
Over the weekend I noticed a pair of squirrels busily stuffing leaves into their mouths and then making the long climb to the top of the tree to their nest and putting the leaves in their nest, no doubt because of the sudden cold weather, and perhaps because the wind had disrupted their nest.
Time and again, first thing in the morning and late in the afternoon, they carried leaves to their nest. They were all about effort.
Also, because of my lack of effort – we are “leave the leaves” kind of people and don’t rake and dispose of our leaves – there were leaves readily available to the squirrels at the base of the tree.
It was a reminder that not only is effort important, but your lack of effort can make your competitors’ efforts even easier.