Animals are our greatest teachers by far, simply because they live in the moment. They prompt us to be more present by taking in our surroundings…to be kinder to ourselves as well as others and grateful for life’s many blessings.
When I find myself veering off into the future or obsessing over the past, all I need to do is observe nature reminding me to lighten up, or else I’ll miss the day.
Life’s short, and at the end of it we don’t want to say to those at our bedside, “Dammit all…I missed it. ”
We need to give thanks more…
and watch the sunrise.
Be more patient with those who are different from us
and pay attention to what they have to say.
We could be kinder by reading to others,
bringing them flowers
or inviting them out for a swim.
We can spend more time with our parents since they won’t always be there,
and remember to tell our little ones how much they’re loved.
We’d be wise to slow our pace by taking it easy
and treating ourselves to something special, like a new hat,
or a great lunch.
We could take up a hobby like fishing
or knitting and learn to play an instrument
such as the flute
or bass guitar.
How bout offering to babysit so a mom
can have the night off to maybe
get her hair done.
Let’s make new friends
and forgive our enemies.
Help the needy
so they’ll be less afraid.
All pictures Google Images except the last…courtesy of Jennifer Panton…United Action For Animals.