As I’ve written about before, ever since I lost my beloved Cato I have seen owls during my walks in Percy Warner Park. At first, people thought I was a little crazy (guilty!), that most owls don’t come out during the afternoon, that I must be imagining things, etc. But then I started taking photos, which is hard while walking two 75-pound dogs! For me, the owl represents wisdom and unconditional love and it almost always pops up when I need to see it. Weird, huh?
Yesterday I was allowing myself to get worked up over some discriminatory remarks made by some close to our family. I have a real hard time letting things go sometimes! So as I was walking the dogs, I was getting more and more upset, wondering how people can be so judgmental and think that denying other people basic human rights is somehow okay? Just as I was using my lawyer mind to craft my best arguments for a hypothetical discussion that will never take place, I looked up and there was my owl.
Yep, I needed that. Because, to me, the owl represents wisdom and unconditional love. It reminds me of Cato, and of other lost loved ones. It reminds me how our pets love us unconditionally no matter who we are, what we believe in, or who we love, so long as we treat them with respect and love. So instead of allowing the views of others to upset me, a wiser approach is to focus on myself and how I treat others. Easier said than done, part of my “letting go” problem I guess 🙂
So I will continue to take deep breaths and remember that only I control my emotions. And if others want to eat chicken fried in peanut oil and sit back (or drive thru) and condemn others, well I guess it’s their right.
But I’ll be out walking, appreciating and celebrating the diversity of nature, both human and animal.