Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body,
but rather to skid in broadside, totally worn out & proclaiming “Wow, What a Ride!”

Monday, September 14, 2015

happy anniversary Samantha

Today I celebrate the one year anniversary of Samantha’s arrival into our lives. She was a spur of the moment decision to adopt. I had seen her inside PetCo’s cat adoption area; she captured my attention every time I visited the store.

It was the first time in our 40 years that Steve and I were without any animal friends in our home. The loss of Tiera, our abyssinian kitty (21 yrs) several months beforehand was the last of a long line of friends. I had planned to wait until I came to Colorado for any more, nevertheless, as always with me, my furry friends come to me when life says it is time. It was no different with Samantha; I needed her and she needed us. With her I have realized that my animal friends gift me with insights I may miss on my own; have opened my eyes to looking at nature a little differently.

Animals share our planet with us, but experience it differently—each has its own abilities and gifts that allow them to interact successfully with the natural world. Since we are merely one manifestation of the universe’s energy in action, when we feel the need for direction we can turn to animals at home or in nature for guidance.

Animals can show us different ways to approach and deal with our challenges. As we hold a question in mind, we can begin to pay attention to the animal activity around us. Staring out a window we may notice a bird soaring high in the sky, showing us how to look at our situation from a greater distance. If we don’t get an immediate answer, we can remember that the universe has its own perfect timing that doesn’t heed the ticking of the clock. Instead, we can release our question into the universe’s care, and then trust that an animal messenger will carry inspiration our way. In the meantime, we align ourselves with the universe’s rhythm—opening, humbling ourselves, and shifting our perceptions so that at the perfect time we will be ready. Then, even weeks later, the sight of a small bird hopping from branch to branch may signal for us to use a talent other than our greatest strength and to take small leaps rather than fly over details. A squirrel bounding across an open expanse of grass to stash its latest prize may remind us to check our favorite hiding places for forgotten treasure. Even if we don’t see actual animals, their representations may hold messages; whether we see them in a shape in the clouds, a picture, or a show on television, their symbolic meaning is the same.

Animals are closer to the rhythms and cycles of nature and have fewer distractions from it than humans do. That is why they are the perfect messengers when we are in need of advice. Just by being themselves they remind us of the wisdom of the universe, and that all answers are available to us when we reconnect with our source and with those who know how to be nurtured by it.

Samantha has shared many wise and soulful messages on our adventurous path together.

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