Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6

As governor, I stood on the grassy bank of a pristine waterway teeming with salmon, taking notes with Department of Fish and Game personnel. Right in front of us were forty-two bears foraging, fighting, feeding, and fending off enemies to survive. Even a lifelong Alaskan gets excited about that! The “mama bears” are the hardest workers on the water.

Mama grizzlies don’t wait for another bear to do the work for them, they fend for themselves and their cubs, preparing for winter. Sows instinctively rear up on hind legs when cubs are threatened. And most important, they teach their young how to fish for a lifetime. It’s fascinating watching them. The males, too, but they’re usually occupied comparing the size of their catch and hanging out downriver in man caves, or, I mean, bear caves.

We could all learn a lot from mama grizzlies who teach their young to provide for themselves, protect themselves, and save up for lean times.

Sweet Freedom in Action

Today, teach your children – or a child in need who might not have a responsible parent or mentor – the virtue of self sufficiency.

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