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Rules rules rules

This is probably one of my favourite road signs ever. However, I need to question the need to have it at all. If it is to create awareness, that is good. But if it is to ensure people care, that is a worry. It seems that there is a sway in humanity as a result of disciplinary processes and legal wrangles that has removed personal accountability from the equation. As an animal trainer I know that punishment does not work to change behaviour voluntarily. It changes it to avoid discomfort. It does not work well it is disempowering. I choose not to use it.
In society, are we choosing right from wrong based on sound values? Or because of fear.(Which is the opposite of love) Is it possible that rules and regulations have diminished our capacity to make ethical choices. Have we handed our moral abilities over to higher powers. Have we in essence, forgotten how to love. Waiting instead to be told what to care about. Becomes clear to me how the Hitlers and Mugabes can succeed. Is right and …

Waddling for a week

Today is Earth day. An auspicious day to begin our 3rd Waddling for a Week to promote Penguin Promises. 6ollow us @penguinpromises on twitter or like our fb page.
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when is it good enough?

A lesson from the wise animals in my life.  How do I know that I have done my best?  In days gone by it was when I felt like I had worked myself to bone and I had no more left to give.  I felt like a victim and a martyr and that was good.  But never fulfilling and it left me empty the next day when I tried to do the same.  My victim attitude coloured my life.  Leaving me feeling less than unless I was able to measure myself according to my rigorous principles - knocking myself out in the process.  Sometimes I still go back here.  There are other times where I think I approach this with a wiser attitude.  My best is when I am no longer reactive.  When I have no buttons going off and I don't go into feeling reactivity - defense mode - then I am clealry able to see what needs doing and apply myself with dilligent clarity.  This does not mean I love the creatures with which I work any less.  It means I respect myself more, which enables me to work with them more consistently and with…

You ain't heavy, you my brother

Animals provide me with incredible moments.  Yet, I remain a worrier.  Am I doing my best.  Am I inspring others to do their best around me.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by heavy attitudes around me.  I feel sure that people wish to provide their 100% for the planet and for the animals, and yet I note that there is ego in the world - mine and theirs, and the despair this provides is disheartening.  Please put it down.  Look with clarity at what needs doing and stop worrying about the fact that the world is not fair - because it is not fair!!!  So what. 

I have another blog -  The reason for this is so that i continuously remind myself of what I am grateful for.  There is so much.  The sunrise this morning.  The mist in the valley as I left home.  The warm dog tucket in next to me when I woke up. The animals that chirped in delight when I wondered past them at work.  The cats sunning themselves in teh driveway.  There are a few things that may need to b…

Angel Draco

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