Tuesday, February 12, 2013
We can learn a lot from animals.
Lately Gizmo has been channeling Simba. I had some hot dog rolls on the counter for a few days. In a package, of course. I woke early one morning & heard some odd sounds. I've learned over the years that you ignore strange sounds at your own peril (something DH has yet to learn).
So I got up to investigate & found Giz happily gnawing thru the package & the rolls. We'd always blamed Simba for the bread attacks . . . that's why I thought it was safe to leave bread out now.
Last night was even more surprising to me. Gizmo chose to come lay on me despite the fact that Chester was at my feet. While he has occasionally lain on me when a dog is also there, it's very, very rare. He even curled up on my shoulder like Simba loved to do (and Giz NEVER does that).
Even more surprising was the fact that he stayed snoozing on the couch when I got up . . . even tho Chester was still there (on the opposite end); even tho he NEVER snoozes on the couch - but Simba often did.
It's been a month . . . life is so much easier now: I'm not as tired, the house is much cleaner, I'm doing a lot more cooking & baking . . . life is getting back to normal. I still miss him so much & it still hits at odd moments thru out the day. There probably isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of him, but I know that as time goes by that will happen.
Of course, we'd know Giz was REALLY channeling Simba if he climbed over the dogs to lay on my (unlikely; he's a scaredy cat) because Simba couldn't care less who he walked over to get what he wanted.
All of that got me to thinking this morning. Who do we channel? When you want a healthy lifestyle but those surrounding you don't -- who you gonna copy?
I think the answer for me is my spark buddies! And my WW buddies. I wouldn't be where I am now without you guys. So thank you.
I had another small aha! moment yesterday. I'm a homebody. While I don't like to clean, I do enjoy taking care of the animals (for the most part); cooking & baking to make sure DH gets at least SOME healthy meals; crafting (not lately); exercising in small bursts thru out the day.
So different from my father who seems to measure his worth by how many activities he attends - even if he sleeps thru most of them. And I realized I probably became so different because of the way my father is. So I suppose, in the end,I have to thank him for showing me how I don't want to be.
Who are your role models? How have they helped you?