Max, in a strange way, has a message for us all...
As the breath of evening exhaled over our city, the clouds started gathering and pooled their offerings. Soon the wind picked up and the leaves in the large tree in our park began a rustling song. Large heavy raindrops started falling and tiny circles were shaping their pretty patterns on the surface of the water in our swimming pool.
I looked down at Max. He was all stretched out in the doorway to our study, his nose on his front paws in his traditional ”Max position”. His eyes were focussed on the happenings outside and the building of the thunderstorm.
I peered across my husband’s shoulder at the computer screen and cradled the mug of hot tea in my hands. We were both marvelling at the multitude of messages streaming in from across the globe – some from folks who we have never met in cyberspace. The screen itself seemed a painting of well-wishes and hope for our beautiful Max and me. I was trying to digest it all, whilst battling the emotional lump in my throat which won’t seem to go away.
Suddenly the biggest bolt of lightning coupled with its crash of thunder shattered my thoughts. The bolt must have hit a tree somewhere really close and we saw a flash of white light. My cup of tea seemed to empty itself upwards – in slow motion – while I watched helplessly. It was one of those frightening split seconds where everything becomes transfixed in time.
My first thought was the animals and true to form the three others came running to my side. But Max? As I looked at down at him again, he had merely turned his head towards me, still rooted in his relaxed position on the floor as if to say: “How cool was that Mom?!”
I stood quivering in my slippers – the reality of our human vulnerability and mortality hitting me at once. The realisation that something greater than ourselves is always present, which is so totally beyond my understanding. Max seemed to be conveying this message:
“Yes, Mom, I am fine! Just live in the moment!”
It seems that Max has shifted from Tour Guide to my personal guide.
It is this thought that I think we can all hold on to
...afterall neither good, nor bad events are ever guaranteed!
So today, please would you do Max favour:
LIVE IN THE MOMENT!
And let's LEARN from our animals!