When I’m asked to talk to a family pet, the process really starts the minute I see the pet’s picture. I can generally get some sort of an idea of what the pet’s personality might be like or if the pet is in pain or even if I might have a hard time reaching this pet. So it was with the pictures I received recently on two pets I was asked to talk with. The feeling I got from the first picture was that this animal was not happy. And the second picture told me this pet was a care taker animal. So when I called for these pets, it was with these photos in mind. The conversations with each of these pets proceeded in such a way that what the pets told me, matched the photos sent to me by their owner. So, when writing the conversations in an e-mail to the owner, I revealed all that the animals told me. I also mentioned what I noticed in each of their pictures. Imagine my surprise when I found out that not only were details of the conversations inaccurate, chances are I probably talked to the wrong pets.
At first I was devastated and started to doubt everything I came to believe about my ability to converse with and understand animals. I was a fraud! I went over in my mind what I did wrong, what I did right. I tried to find all sorts of excuses for the inaccurate conversations… I was tired, I had too much on my mind, these were difficult animals to reach and talk to, and so on and so on and so on. Then I took a closer look at what I was feeling and decided that there was no shame in simply admitting that I got this one wrong… and when you’re wrong, you’re wrong. It’s as simple as that.
Being wrong doesn’t excuse responsibility though. And I always feel a responsibility to the people who hire me to talk to their pets. After all, they want to know what’s going on with their animals. If I give them a conversation that doesn’t fit the furry critters they’ve lived with for a number of years, then I’ve not helped them at all. And, I might even have nudged them into thinking that there is no such thing as someone being able to talk to animals… it’s all a hoax.
Fortunately the person whose animals I was working with continued to believe in animal communication and asked me to try again. So, I did… and this time the conversations I had belonged to her pets. Though there were things that still didn’t match, the animals’ personalities and spirits came through loud and clear.
This is not the first time in my life that I’ve been wrong about something… and it won’t be the last. One thing that talking to animals has taught me is that there is no shame in admitting my short-comings. It doesn’t make me a fraud or a bad person. What it does make me is human.
When you’re wrong, admit you’re wrong… and when you’re right, be gracious.