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 greater efficacy. It truly has been a lesson of = be the change you wish to see. Now I just need to keep that lesson learned and not fall off the bus. Because these creatures are worth planets to me!!!