Our Animal Mentors: Recognizing Our Center of Strength

It was Thanksgiving, and I was trimming the fat from the Turkey. I knelt down over the edge of the kitchen island, and offered it to our overtly kind dog, Shyla. We had rescued her from the place where you go where all the doggies are barking, “Choose me, Choose me!” Shyla looked at us from behind her cage, with hopeful eyes, and didn’t bark… our two kids, my wife and I chose her and named her Shyla. We don’t feed our doggie many human treats, but on Thanksgiving we do. Some Turkey broth in her food, and her favorite... the trimmed fat from the cooked turkey.

It was Thanksgiving, and I was trimming the fat from the Turkey. I knelt down over the edge of the kitchen island, and offered it to our overtly kind dog, Shyla… but she wasn’t there. Then I woke up. Our dear doggie partner Shyla passed away on October 24th, 2019. I had dreamt of this day, one of her favorite days, and as I woke up I was reminded of what I learned from Shyla.

  • Always forgive.
  • Always expect good things to happen.
  • Don’t complain… it doesn’t do any good.
  • If you’re not hungry, don’t eat.
  • If you have legs, run!
  • When you’re legs stop working, get up again!
  • When it’s time to go, do so with grace.
  • Enjoy the turkey fat!
  • Be humble.

When we take the time to truly observe how our animal partners act, we can find many things to learn from them. Our animals can be our mentors.

Observe and Learn,

Cheers,

Enrique

Get Weekly Inspiration

Need an inspirational kick-start from time to time? Enrique sends out short emails once a month, packed with just the right soul power to start your week.

Published

Updated