Trainer tip: Why do NVC practitioners sometimes use the giraffe as a metaphor for NVC consciousness? What can it help us understand about NVC consciousness? Read on for more. Trainer Tip Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value. —Albert Einstein In Compassionate Communication, we use giraffes as our metaphor because they have the largest heart of all land mammals (40 pounds!). They remind us to connect from the heart. They also have long necks, a metaphor for seeing far down the road. So when we say or do something, it is important for us to be conscious of the potential long-range consequences of our actions. It’s about being fully present to our actions and words, knowing that each action creates a reaction. When we consciously choose to respond to life with compassion, peace, and harmony, we meet our own needs for these positive qualities. Be aware of your own or other people’s actions that demonstrate a giraffe consciousness to you. This trainer tip is an excerpt from Mary Mackenzie's book, Peaceful Living, available from PuddleDancer Press.