Communicating with animals has really helped me to find my place in this world, to be a happier human being and to smile more. There have been times in my life when being happy was not an easy task. Worries about children, health, family and everyday starts and stops, bogged me down. I felt lost at times…..unable to see my way clear to feeling really happy on a consistent basis. These ambivalent feelings forced me to ask myself this question…..what is happiness and when would it be mine?
Of course I was asking myself the wrong question…..happiness is not a thing that you can describe in a few sentences, nor does it sit on a shelf waiting for you to come along and put it in your basket. Happiness is a living, breathing essence that grows out of the center of our hearts and minds….
I learned this after I started communicating with animals on a regular basis. More often than not, animals will say they are “happy” with their people, with their homes and with their lives. But their “happiness” has teeth…….it’s not based on the treats their mamas give them nor the toys they get to play with or even being able to run around the dog park with reckless abandon……although anyone who has ever witnessed a dog chasing after a ball would say that this is the definition of happiness.
All of these things bring animals happiness and they may help to strengthen the human/animal bond. But, animal happiness is the living, breathing essence I talked about earlier. It’s this sheer abandon when allowed to race around the yard at top speed, it’s the happy face that greets us at night saying “I’m glad you’re home, I missed you so much”, it’s a tail that wags and wags till you think it can’t wag anymore. Animal happiness has no expectations or demands……it just is.
A lot of animals tell me how happy they are……but they never say it just to say it. Nor do they qualify or quantify it. Like their love for us and their devotion to us, our pet’s happiness exists on his own merits. We could take a lesson here…….
Blessings to you and your furry and happy friends,