Animals have a lot of valuable lessons to teach us, and if we listen carefully we can learn how to incorporate these lessons into our own lives.
From forgiveness and generosity to trust and unconditional love, animals are truly inspirational role models who, when given a chance, can enrich our own appreciation of life and provide us with a thought provoking promise of what is possible.
1. Forgive and Forget
Animals, unlike humans, have an incredible ability to forgive. Despite extreme trauma they may have experienced in the past, they manage to remain optimistic and not hold on to grudges. Take Jasper for example: even after the unspeakable treatment he was subjected to when living on a bear bile farm, he has become an ambassador for forgiveness and hope.
2. Don’t Worry What Others Think
Whether chasing balls, pouncing on strings, or rolling in catnip, animals relish in their activities without concern about how they look to passersby. Let go of your inner critic and judgment of others, and fully embrace the times you enjoy.
3. Love Unconditionally
Animals don’t put conditions on their love. They are kind without reserve and love each other and us regardless of our faults. Many of us find it awkward to comfort those we don’t know, but animals are always empathetic to those in need and dogs in particular markedly change their behavior when people cry.
4. Savor The Moment
Animals live in the moment and so should we. As humans we are too often distracted by our thoughts of the past and the future, and forget to fully appreciate what is happening in our lives right now.
5. Trust Your Instincts
Fully alert to each of their senses, animals trust their instincts and act upon them. They use their instincts as a way of navigating through life. Humans, on the other hand, rationalize everything and constantly ignore what are senses are trying to convey to us, and in doing so we miss important signals about events, circumstances and the people around us.
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