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Was international African Penguin day yesterday
Spent time conversing with general public about the plight of the African Penguin. Not to raise funds but to encourage environmental behaviour changes that will serve the penguins and our planet. Was chuffed with the enthusiasm of many on this subject. So many seem to realise that the planet needs action and that is what needs focus. For those few that were less than enthusiastic, they teach me the ongoing lesson. Some will, some will not, so what, whose next? The lesson. Don't take things personally. Keep moving forward. Let the enthusiasm of anyone who does choose to listen keep moving the energy forward. If I take things personally then it becomes hard to make the necessary difference. I may even begin to use the hard sells as an excuse not to do what needs doing. So all I can do is stay grateful that I have this philosophy, this awareness, and keep going. www.penguinpromises.com Sent via my BlackBerry from Vodacom - let your email find you!
Thank you again to my Czech friends and colleagues for making this possible. I am again, so grateful for the wonderful opportunity to learn from all of you, and contribute towards our greater perspective in relationship with animals.
I am truly amazed. I have been considering the lessons I have learned, personally, on my journey through the world of animal relationship with human kind, and furthermore, how the behaviour management and animal welfare industry have grown.
We are considering and doing things now that were completely foreign concepts just 10 years ago. We have changed our attitudes towards animals almost 360 degrees in the last 100 years. We are looking at how we can provide more choice and control. We are scientifically investigating empathy between animal and human. We are looking and seeing things from the animal's point of view. We are focussing on partnerships and psychological well-being. And so much more
I look forward to more lessons. I look forwar…
Next lessonAnd this one was a paperwork lesson(-:Not theory thankfully.My blessed art classes with mad art teacher who keeps us grounded, guided and well-nourished with good red wine. On the latest canvass I chose to paint a picture of my son when he was a little younger with another of our family members, beautiful horse Gandalph. So, all proceeded well to start with. Until I realised that I was having a fine time painting Gandalph, but not such a fine time painting Zac. Then I realised why. Gandalph does not judge me. And I am worried about Zac's opinion of me.
Freedom in the revelation. Chatted to Zac about it. Had a laugh, and then moved on to paint this angel as well as I could. No more required.Someone told me that judgement – of ourselves, or others, is a justification for a stuck mind. Who wants a stuck mind. Freedom in expression is only possible when we forgive ourselves our inadequacies. In relation with animals it is easier.So here it is again. Gratitude fo…