|Loki running by the river|
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself. Josh Billings
When I was a child we had a dog, a mongrel called Scamp. I loved him to bits. Animals are wonderful companions. They teach us some many things simply by ‘being’. I learnt about listening and unconditional love, about vulnerability and the need for constant care which has a reward like none other. Animals teach us something nothing else in the world can.
They can teach us how to live in the present moment. Stroking Scamp I forgot about everything else. All that mattered was that moment, there was no need for words it was enough to be together. Most pets enjoy playing – although I’m not sure about stick insects or lizards! You get the general idea though.
Where we live now out in the countryside I love watching the wildlife throughout the year. At this time of year I see young hares playing around the margins of the field, simply for the fun of it. Birds call and in the evenings I can watch the murmation of a flock of birds dancing their way home. It is joyous to see. Owls and foxes call out at night. Soon there will be young birds and butterflies.
Today: What gifts have animals given to me, what do they teach me about life? What can I do to make the world a better place for all creatures?