Spirit Animal Giraffe
Gifts: Farsightedness. Reaching what others cannot. Standing out. Groundedness with vision.
Challenges: Not fitting in. Sharing your vision with the “wrong” people.
Giraffe has the unique gift of big picture vision while still being grounded. Most other spirit animals who have the gift of big picture vision are birds and have a huge challenge getting grounded. Bird spirit animals also have a challenge of relaying their vision to others in a way that non-visionaries can understand. This is not a challenge for Giraffe. As a grounded creature, Giraffe is able to communicate easily with other, more grounded creatures. Giraffe already speaks the language of other grounded beings, so it doesn’t have to translate visionary language into earthbound language the way Hawk and Eagle have to.
What this means for you is that you have the gift of vision combined with the gift of relaying your vision to others. You may not feel like a visionary because of the effects of being grounded: feeling more solid, connected, not flighty. Giraffe imbues you with a calmness that stereotypical visionaries tend not to possess. Butdon’t let these differences cause you to devalue your sight. What good is seeing if you can’t effectively express what you see?
Solitary Hawk can be OK—for a while—keeping its vision to itself. But herd-living Giraffe would rather give up its vision than give up the herd in order to follow its vision. Do you see the power of that for you? This combination gift of grounded vision can make you an excellent leader, one who cares both about the vision and about making sure all your people get there.
Giraffe’s gift of reaching what others cannot gives you both ambition and the ability to achieve your lofty goals. While many people won’t let their vision extend their reach, you can reach what you seek. The trick for you is not to limit your vision based on others’ myopia. They may say it can’t be done. They may say you can’t do it. Remember, with Giraffe, you can.
This can be a challenge if people around you don’t have the same confidence as you. If they are stuck in their own small view of the world, they won’t believe that you are capable of more either. If they refuse to believe you, if they keep holding you back, then it’s time to move on. Either physically find a new group of supporters that believe in you and challenge you. Or stop sharing your big vision with narrow-minded people.
Another challenge for Giraffe is the fear of missing out. Knowing you can reach farther than most, you may become impatient with yourself when you don’t achieve your goals as quickly as you’d like. In that case, reconnect with Giraffe’s groundedness to calm your restlessness and to reassess based on where you are right now.