Have you ever thought about how simple life must be for an animal? I mean, obviously not all animals are treated humanely (which breaks my heart) but the ones that are seem to have a pretty amazing life. Lionel, for example, is spoiled rotten. I feed him, play with him, pet him, groom him, and scoop his yucky litter box every single day…So, he should be eternally grateful for all that I do for him, right?
While all of the above is true, I’m also thankful every day for what Lionel has done for me. Over the past 10 months he’s taught me more than I ever could have imagined- all without saying a word.
Things Lionel Taught Me:
This is, undoubtedly, the most important thing I’ve learned from Lionel. It’s okay to rest. I’ve always had a ‘go, go, go!’ mentality and I’ve wound up overly-exhausted more times than I can count. It can be hard to take a step back and allow your body and mind to rest but it’s extremely important. You’ll never be able to perform at your best without time for rejuvenation. Lionel has no problem with that…
As adults we take life extremely seriously- we’re almost forced to. But it’s important to balance all of that out with some fun. I don’t know about you, but I never want to lose touch with the little kid inside of me. Between my two jobs, I need to make sure I’m laughing and doing the things that bring me joy.
The love of an animal never ceases to amaze me. No matter what I do, how frustrated I get, or how many hours I’ve spent at work, Lionel never stops loving me. Humans are so quick to get angry and hold grudges which doesn’t accomplish anything in the long run. We should forgive, forget, and love like there’s no tomorrow. I don’t know what I’d do without Lionel’s kisses and cuddles…
4.) Be Present
There is no such thing as “time” for an animal. The past is gone and the future doesn’t matter yet.Can you imagine if humans were able to live their lives that way? The stress and anxiety we’re constantly battling would nearly diminish because we wouldn’t have a zillion things occupying our minds at one time. We would be able to open our eyes, minds, and hearts to what is happening around us and fully invest ourselves in life. Lionel is happy, sad, cuddly, hyper, tired, etc. right this second and that’s that. He’s not thinking about how he’s going to feel in 10 minutes or dwelling on something he did yesterday because it doesn’t matter. And that same rule should apply for us. This is definitely a lesson I’m still working on- and forever will be- but it’s definitely worth the effort.
PS: Lionel has freakishly long toes- and YES, I trimmed his nails after this.
I truly believe that we can learn something from every person and experience we encounter in life, we just have to allow ourselves to be taught. And honestly, Lionel has been one of my best teachers yet.
Here’s to the innocence and brilliance of animals…