No doubt you've witnessed the awesome power of sunbeams. Maybe you've even experienced it yourself. They have a way of trapping animals like an irresistible magnetic force. They apparently also erase any shame or doubt that may be involved with lying in the middle of the floor, impeding foot traffic. Or stretching to take up most of the sofa.
One of the qualities I enjoy most about being with creatures of advanced age is their comfort with themselves. Cats seem to settle into this comfort zone early in life.
I know who I am. You can be okay with that or not.
And I'm okay with taking naps. Lots of naps.
We humans have much to learn from our incredible companions. Like where the best napping spots are and why resting when you are tired is a good thing, indeed.
I also think there is something about surrender. When I feel comfortable with myself and grounded in who I am and what I can do, it's much easier for me to surrender to something. I can let go of control and go with the current.
Maybe that's what sunbeams are all about.
I'm Shannon, and I love and am loved by four Great Danes, four cats, and one horse (four Danes, one cat, and one horse are no longer walking this earth). Here I'll share stories of my adventures in grief photography for companion animals, my own grief journey, and thoughts on caregiving.