I watched a YouTube video today about animals so feel compelled to write about them today. Who doesn’t love a furry, four-legged creature? I guess there are a few people out there, but not many. I feel there is a lot to learn from animals. I continue to learn daily from my pets, but here are a few lessons I have learned so far:
- Animals truly know how to love unconditionally. Have you ever had a pet that you got mad at earlier in the day and then the moment you come home, he or she is at your feet or in your lap? Yeah, I could do better at this. When I am mad, I can stay mad for awhile. It’s not that my love goes away, but it doesn’t feel completely unconditional either.
- Animals are not on a schedule. If an animal is tired, it sleeps. If an animal is hungry, it eats. If an animal wants to be pet, it jumps in your lap. They are spontaneous creatures and live in the moment. Oh, wouldn’t we be better off if we truly lived in the moment?
- Animals have fun. Not that I know how a cat or dog is truly feeling at any moment, but by observing animal behavior it truly looks like they have a good time. I mean, who else can stay entertained with a ball that jingles, a laser pen, ball of yarn, some shoes to chew, or a stick to play with? Just like watching children play, this is a humbling reminder that little things all around can be entertaining. Not just TVs, cell phones, and computers.
- Animals can kick ass when needed. Even though we bring animals into our homes and call them our “pets”, they are still animals. I love seeing the tigers at the zoo and thinking about how my little cat is related to this big, gigantic tiger. Animals still know how to flight or fight when needed. They can kick ass and this reminds me that I should probably take a self defense class sometime soon. You never know if and when you will need to defend yourself, but you should be well prepared.
- Animals do not take part in the rat race. Okay, this may be a stretch since animals do not have the same mental capabilities as humans do, but it can still count as a lesson. Animals obviously do not spend hours upon hours slaving over work. Animals do not purchase materialistic items or live beyond their means. They make ends meet. If you have an outdoor pet that you haven’t fed in a few hours, he or she will go find food if he or she is hungry. Pets live simply.
- Animals offer peace. Time and time again, I will be working my booty off and my cat jumps in my lap. It makes me laugh because she jumps in my lap and then hops on my left shoulder every time (I guess it is “her” spot). It also makes me take a moment and just relax. I pet her fur and I listen to her purr. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s peaceful.
I truly do not understand how humans can abuse animals or neglect them. It breaks my heart, but the reality is that it happens every day. I just don’t get it. Animals are full of love, happiness, and peace. Something we can all strive for. So to the people who choose to neglect or abuse any animal, I hope karma bites you…. HARD!
What is the greatest thing you have learned from an animal?