Happy Feast Day of St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals. Blessings to all.
Blessed are you, Creator, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless our animal relations. By the power of your love, enable them to live according to you plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Creator, in all your creatures. Mitaku Oyasin
I share my life with two beautiful old dogs. Heidi is 13 years old and Echo is 11. Both have outlived their breed life expectancy. Heidi is approaching the twilight of her journey. Her breath is sometimes laboured and she has a difficult time walking because she has what appears to be degenerative myleopathy. She drags her right rear leg. She still loves to eat, play and go for her walkies. Painfully slow walkies. What use to take twenty minutes in the morning now takes forty-five minutes. The walks aren’t painful for her. It’s me.I haven’t learned to slow myself down to match her. I am still trying to just get the morning routine done and get to work. I have forgotten the story of Heidi, how she came to me with her brother Willie as a puppy. How she fell in the fish pond the moment I let her out of the car. How she loved the cat, her first friend at her new house. How she wept with me when the cat died. How she taught me to be humble in the dog show ring. How she has loved me forever and will continue to love me when she is gone.
Heidi came to me to be remembered. She came with a message, like she was an angel, a fairy or a wise woman. My relationship with Heidi has been choreographed by Creator, teaching much about who I am, can and will be. Heidi’s relationship with me has been long and enduring. The lessons have never been gut wrenching but kind and gentle.
I need to take the time every morning to honour our relationship. To not be in a hurry to get my day on its way. the day doesn’t need my help, it happens all on its own. Even in her twilight Heidi, is teaching me something important. Slow down, life goes fast enough. Take time to honour it and the relationships that come into it.
Heidi and my time are gifts.
It’s so unnerving sometimes when thoughts, daily reading, “morning papers” e-mails or horoscopes penetrate to the core of what is really happening with you or they spark an aha moment. I have been thinking a lot lately of “mitaku oyasin” (all my relations). Trying to figure out where I fit. Then along comes this horoscope.
“Though the western world stresses individuality, humans thrive in community. We need each other for support and to reflect ourselves back to us, so we can see where to improve and where our beauty lies. When we find those special people who can do that, and also help us to grow into our best selves, we’ve made a connection that will nurture us throughout our lives.
All humans are part of one family. We may not always enjoy closeness with the family of our birth, but we can create the family bonds with those who we choose to share our lives. Intimacy can be created when we reveal our deepest feelings to someone we trust. When we feel connected with others in the human family, we not only reinforce peace among us all, but we open pathways to find the special few who offer an ingredient that is necessary to give meaning to life.
Been looking to be more intimate and hoping for that special relationship. Today I learned where it isn’t. Today I will also reflect on Melody Beattie , “More Language of Letting Go” daily readings “be who and where you are” and know that I am in the right place if I just listen to myself. I can start from here. I do not have to compromise my reality.
All my Relations