Today marks the 3rd consecutive day that I have not left our place. For the last two days, I have spent much of the day alone as my wife provides an invaluable service as a speech pathologist/therapist to children, many with special needs.
Now when I say alone, that is not entirely correct for I have had some very lengthy conversations with Linus and Lucy, our two cats, and Gracie and Benny, our two dogs with Benny being only 12 weeks old. I have even a had some short talks with our rooster. ‘Tween you and me, he is a bit of an asshole, but sure is beautiful.
House training and just general training of Benny is nearly a full time job along with dealing with Gracie’s need for more attention too. I am not a patient man with these things but I can feel a deep tugging that is saying, “this is another opportunity to learn.”
I found that a puppy is much easier to deal with when they are sound asleep and the best way to experience that is to make sure they get a lot play time and some good ole sniffing time. I spend a lot of time out back in the pasture. Having five acres is great when you have a puppy. I started wearing my Fitbit again and noticed yesterday that little doggy made me take over 18,000 steps.
Having time by myself has almost forced me to begin interacting differently with our animals. We are developing a relationship. Thomas Berry, a priest who spent a lot of time examining the human-natural-divine relationship among many other topics, said…
“We must shift from an entirely human centered view of our existence to a realization that the earth is a communion of subjects, a oneness of which we are all a part. It is not a collection of objects for our use.”
— Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: Conversations with Thomas Berry by Carolyn W. Toben
Thomas Berry would have certainly encouraged me to expand my awareness of relationships beyond cats, dogs, and an arrogant rooster. I have read studies that humans really are made up of stardusts, that being all the elements came from a supernova event. What did Saint Francis call them? Wasn’t it Brother Sun, Sister Moon? Thomas Berry refers to an “intimate rapport” with human and the cosmic along with a new sacred story informed by science and a sense of the sacred, the divine, along with its “Lovingly” voice.
What do I know? I only have feelings… like the feeling I get when walking through an old growth redwood forest where death, decay, and new life all seem to have a perfect relationship, a communion I suppose.
I have watched some people, usually girls and young women, who seem to have a relationship with their horses. The horse is not an object to them at all. Recently, we were given a wonderful painting by a local artist. June Carey, I think is her name. I realized she does not paint objects. She paints subjects. She reflects the relationships.
I have this thing where I flash write a song and then post it regardless of what I think of it. It is interesting because something from the unconscious often arises and I usually have no idea what it is all about. A few years ago I wrote this one in about 15 minutes. I am starting to understand it better as I think about a river as a subject instead of an object. Peace. https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/PJTSFSDx8WjRDx2g8
Well said, Gary. We are all in this together. Respect for the land and all forms of life. You have my respect, Gary, 18,000 steps on Fitbit. I purchased one for Christmas and I have yet to go over 5,000 steps. My weekly average according to my weekly email from Fitbit is 3,600 steps. You are my inspiration.
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I think our weather and amount of daylight makes it much easier to walk in the winter. Plus, The five acres let’s me walk without going out on the road and get run over by one of the many idiots that drive crazy fast on this pot hole of a country road. But, yes, we really are in relationship with everything below us, by us, and above us…I tend to forget that.
I liked it, Gary, and I’m amazed it was written in only 15 minutes!
Would love to see more pix and stories of your pets and their antics. 🙂 Our pets are stress-busters. 🙂
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Ok, 17 minutes, you know how us fishermen tend to exaggerate. I will ask the pets if they feel up to a blog or two. I had to lock Linus out of the internet. I found him researching how to harm a puppy and make it look like an accident. (As I wrote that Linus just ran between my legs being chased by the puppy.)
Sibling rivalry! 😉
You would love walking through the countryside here Gary. I certainly get those same feelings welling up inside me every day as i walk or drive through endless natural scenery. There is a feeling of something greater or maybe its just a great feeling. 😊
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Awestruck, huh? An awareness of God’s creative nature and both breath taking and breath giving. I would like to see that area someday.
Im sure you would love it.