This is Dublin Zoo in Ireland, and probably the best zoo I have visited in terms of animal 'happiness'. These babies were absolutely delightful - full of fun and games - and clearly as contented as you could hope for with animals in captivity. It was inspiring and heartwarming to see the respect in which these and all the other creatures in this zoo, were treated. It's not ideal - it can never be so keeping animals from their natural habitat - but having said that, and considering the way mankind has abused his fellow sentient beings on this planet for far too long, it was a blessing. Long Live Dublin Zoo - at least here these three precious beings won't be shot by a moron with too much money and a gun.
Or... how to rise above it, and just let go
I took this photo from the South West Coast Path, just along from Falmouth in Cornwall. Needless to say it was even more gorgeous than it looks in the picture. There was a stiff breeze blowing in off the sea and a warming sun on my skin, and from up there I had not a care in the world.
It is quite noticeable that the higher you climb, the smaller your worries appear to be. The ability to look down upon the smallness of human endeavour appears to shrink the negative impact of our personal difficulties. Tiny houses, tiny cars, tiny airplanes in an endless sky, and tiny ships upon an ocean so vast we cannot see the shore beyond the horizon. All these things show us our insignificance. Our domestic discord is ridiculous from up here! What am I worrying about? Who cares about a spreading waistline and a shrinking bank account. Who cares about any of it, when there is all of this...
On this day I joined the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, down on the shoreline, looking for life...
The sea is still so abundant! Multitudes of fish, seaweed, crabs, starfish, spiders, worms, shells... it goes on and on. But I could not see the wood for the trees. While others were coming up with jellyfish and sea slugs, I was staring blindly at drifts of kelp, breathing in and out with the tide, unable to discern anything with a face... or a pulse. I couldn't see anything apart from that which I was expecting to see.
This is us! When down in the soup of our daily lives we see only our soup. We make assumptions about other people and other things, and chew them over like fat off a carcass. We blame others for our discomfort and want them to change to fit our purpose. We stay focused on our immediate landscape, and if it isn't working, we complain and drag ourselves ever deeper into our stew pot. And in there, we stew...
But up here, it's all so different. So she hurt my feelings! She said something stupid that triggered me - so what! Looking out across wave after wave of ocean blue, a throw away comment is as unimportant here as a tiny leaf blowing past my nose. So silly.
The feeling is empowerment. I am here. This is now. All things are possible because I have such an overview. From this high point I can map my life, make some decisions about where I'm going and let the old stuff go. Looking out across such promise, fills me with light and I can see my capability!
I can always be here - in my mind. Feel the space, breathe long and slow, and allow my worries to fly free with the wind.
Let it go. Let it go with Love.
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