I had just completed a four-year period of work that was blissful. Between writing and teaching, I felt aligned with everything I believed in. Then my partner got a job in another country. I looked at myself and realized I had never really leaped for love.
So I left some of my work, brought some with me, and tried the leaping thing. Facing your fears might make others call you courageous, but at the time, you feel like a sissy. I felt the need to forecast the future and predict the outcome. I wanted to know: Where would this take me?
Until my cat got sick, and that was all I could think about.
As I nursed her back to health, I was forced to slow down. In that space, I recognized what animals seem to know instinctively: that the present moment is where the magic is. That’s not the only time I found myself being taught exactly what I needed to learn from a pet. Their lives and habits are bottomless pools of inspiration, if we just stop and pay attention. These are just some of the beautiful lessons I’ve received from the great animal loves of my life: