Being Brave with Bruce: Love You No Matter What

Living the wild life can be perilous, for sure. Perilous enough to tempt you to leave your wild days behind you for good. Yet here, it can be equally tempting to assume that by changing where or even how you live, you will never again land in a sticky situation. What is that they say?Continue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love You No Matter What”

Being Brave with Bruce: Window of the Soul

The decision to join an interspecies flock is not one to be taken lightly. There will be challenges. For sure. Take communication, for example. You won’t be able to have any – at least not at first. Because of this, every single aspect of flock life will seem to proceed at a glacial pace, withContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Window of the Soul”

Being Brave with Bruce: One of a Kind You

Being born with a cute curved shell and adorable orange cheek patches can make it seem like it would be so easy to be yourself. After all, who wouldn’t want to be you? The cuteness! The preciousness! The perfectness! But then again, it is all a matter of perspective. To some beings, just the sightContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: One of a Kind You”

Being Brave with Bruce: Take a Big Deep Breath

If there is one thing tough times seem tailor-made to teach us, it might be simply this…. You can never get enough oxygen. It might not seem like a big deal to you-as-a-whole. But at the micro-cosmic level, when you start holding your breath, all those cells and protons and neutrons and neural connections reallyContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Take a Big Deep Breath”

Being Brave with Bruce: A Fresh New View

Routine can be comforting. You wake up, pop open your box, slowly stretch out your (adorable, yellow-dotted) front legs, back legs, tail, head. You soak up some rays as usual, then head out to forage up your tasty breakfast. And so it goes, one day following another. Until one day you start to wonder ifContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Fresh New View”

Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans

Plans are good. In fact, plans are great. Or at least they are great until they stop working. Just like there is something to be said for planning ahead, strategizing, sticking to the tried and true, so too is there a place for mixing things up when your best laid plans have clearly made otherContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Best Laid Plans”

Being Brave with Bruce: All Kinds of Brave

As any being who has ever been rescued knows, being brave is definitely an inside job. Sometimes being brave means standing on your own, persevering, crossing that busy street to get to the other side. And sometimes being brave means letting the tall and terrifying shell-less beings intercept you just as you are about toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: All Kinds of Brave”

Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend

Into every life some little challenges will fall. But it is the big challenges that really like to make a grand entrance. You may be just minding your own business, going about your daily life as usual, when…. WHOMP. A big ol’ challenge just plonks itself down smack-dab in front of you. Right in theContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: When You Need a Friend”

Being Brave with Bruce: A Standup Guy

Spend enough time as a card-carrying member of the food chain o’ life and it is easy to feel pigeonholed. No matter what you do, some beings will always just see you as supper. Other beings will think because you are short and shelled, they can pluck you out of your home and take youContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: A Standup Guy”

Being Brave with Bruce: One Small Step

It doesn’t take long after emerging from your small white escape pod that you start to notice all beings didn’t get the same number of feet. Some don’t even have any feet at all. (To your mind, this doesn’t seem advantageous.) Some beings have two feet. This is a little better. But you – youContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: One Small Step”

Being Brave with Bruce: Love the Shell You Are In

Popping out of your small round white escape pod for the first time can be a bit of a shocker. You’ve got to get to know yourself. Take stock. Call roll. Do an inventory. So, okay. Maybe first you notice you’ve got claws. Claws are good. You have a shell on your back. Oh, andContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Love the Shell You Are In”

Being Brave with Bruce: Green Is Great

When you are born short and shelled, you spend a lot of time with green beings. This gives you an appreciation your bigger, taller planet-mates often lack. For example, green is great for camouflaging things. Things like you. Green symbolizes growth. And if you are still growing you must still be here. (As in, notContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Green Is Great”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Comfort

There is something to be said for staying prepared. Even if you are of a peaceable temperament (more naturally inclined towards defense rather than offense, so to speak), your claws are still there. And you still know how to use them. Just in case. Plus, it can be a great self-esteem booster to look downContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws of Comfort”

Being Brave with Bruce: Keep Your Friends Close

It can be a lot to take on – living the wild life. Every day, you know who the buck stops with. You. Whether the threat o’ the day is enormous and carnivorous or microscopic and infectious, when you get all the way to the end of it, you will know who you have toContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Keep Your Friends Close”

Being Brave with Bruce: the Many Faces of Brave

It is easy to think of “brave” as being only when you are presenting your full-on, nostrils-first, wide-eyed, out-in-the-open self to the world. To face the scary things. To stare down the pack of slavering challenges staring back. But the truth is, brave doesn’t have just one face. Sometimes the bravest thing you can doContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: the Many Faces of Brave”

Being Brave with Bruce: Feeling Fern-tastic

As everyone knows, orange is the best color. Orange has so many great properties. For example, orange is a fabulous choice for colorful accents like, say, cheek patches. Of course, not every being can wear orange well. For those who can’t, the next best color is green. Green is the color of nature. It isContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Feeling Fern-tastic”

Being Brave with Bruce: Putting Yourself Out There

Being born with a (cute, curved) shell on your back doesn’t always means you will turn out to be an introvert. But it is a pretty safe bet. That shell can just look too tempting, feel too comforting. And comfort is great, for sure. But it can also be isolating. Especially when there are microscopicContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Putting Yourself Out There”

Being Brave with Bruce: Claws for Days

When participation in the food chain o’ life isn’t an elective, you want to make sure you bring your very best A-game (and all its fancy accessories) to every single interaction. Suit up and then show up, so to speak. Speaking of accessories, here it can help to have a range of options to matchContinue reading “Being Brave with Bruce: Claws for Days”

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