Sunday, March 29, 2009

Animal Instructors

Everything at it's own pace.

Much of what I have learned (and continue to learn) about living has come from observing animals. Some of these instructors have been constant companions, and some I have just crossed paths with, such as the snail above. They all seemed to have a purpose in my life at the time and I am appreciative of what they have shared. A lot of what I have gained from them is the simplicity and joyfulness of how life can and should be. They have shown me daily the importance of living in the moment and through simple actions have made such profound statements. One new blog site that uses dogs in a photo essay format for such lessons is The Charlie Project. Journey on over, it's a quick visit that will leave you with much to ponder.


  1. I feel like I am crawling through the day today, quite like that snail you have photographed:) Thanks for sharing that other blog with us. I spent some time looking through it, and will definitely go back again!

  2. Thank you so much for including The Charlie project in this wonderful post! :) Your words are so true....we can learn so many lesson from all kinds of creatures! Love the photo of the snail. :)

  3. Hey Sweetie,
    Reminds me of some people I know. Hard on the outside but soft on the inside. And..."why did the snail cross the road? To show a possum that it could be done." Eventually.
    Have a nice day,

  4. Amen to that!! Animals do indeed have much to teach us if we are but willing to be quiet and observe. If people could only master one lesson in life from our animal friends, I do agree that it would be to find joy in the simple, everyday things and live only in the moment. It really is all that we have. Thanks for this lovely little reminder of such a simple truth; and I will check out the blog you recommended.

    p.s. I like Wayne's sense of humor too! :)

  5. No better instructors than these. I spent most of last summer learning lessons from a giant female banana spider. During our time together she moved her web 3 times and laid two sackful of eggs. I miss her sometimes. . .

  6. wow - he is huge!!! and he's right - everything in the right time and at the right place.

  7. Very true! I think I needed to hear that today...and the Charlie project is a neat idea!

  8. Very good reminder to slow down.

    My animals have taught me much about not sweating the small stuff. My lovable cat, Bear, is my personal Zen Guru.

    I'll check out the Charlie Project. Sounds like something I'll enjoy.