Soaked in the Rainforest
It’s said that intensive work and attention necessarily surround the birth of any new project. Since July heralded the birth of my first grandchild as well as the birth of my affiliation with the Rainforest Business Institute as a success coach, I can testify that this adage is true. The past month has been exciting and stimulating as well as exhausting.
I want to pick up the narrative of the day we went into the rainforest with the Embera Indians as our guides. I left you after we had just experienced a refreshing break in this swimming pool and hiked back to the canoes. That’s when the rains began. (The average annual rainfall is 100 inches). That’s our Emberan Indian guides in the waterfall.
We were taken to their village for lunch. We climbed a ladder to enter their gathering hut which was built entirely from a palm tree. The floor was very springy and looked as if it wouldn’t hold all of us. Thankfully it did. They build up off the ground for three main reasons: snakes, insects and rain. Our first course for lunch was large platters of watermelon, pineapple and papaya.
The main course was fried plantains and fish (Talapia fresh from the Chagres river.
Served in beautiful disposable leaves. They don’t have to teach their children the concept of “Green”!
After lunch, we went to a covered hut with a dirt floor for the music & dancing. I’m pretty sure that music is an essential part of every culture and the rainforest has a music of its own.
A key thing I noticed about the Embera Indians is their adaptability, a secret of success in the Rainforest. This is one of many examples of how lessons from the rainforest apply directly into life and business. The tribe was forced to consider new avenues of income in the 20th century as stringent laws to protect the rainforest were passed. Based on the kind demeanor of these people, I can imagine their leaders weighed their natural assets to determine what underused resource could be employed to sustain the tribe in the midst of life-altering changes. Their hospitality to groups like ours is one result of their need to adapt.
We were all thoroughly soaked, both physically and mentally at the end of the day. Have I mentioned I love adventure?