I love the thought that this year promises clear vision and clear paths. My inbox is filling with emails from people and businesses, all looking forward to a year that is different. Apparently 2019 pretty much sucked. So many challenges, disappointments, losses…
Can we will away challenges? Can we demand a change of consciousness? No, we can’t. We can change only our own thinking and actions. And that’s freakin’ hard to do, mostly because we tend to avoid reality. As Robert Fritz, author of The Path of Least Resistance, says: Reality is an acquired taste. (See more of his quotes here.)
We can learn from nature, which always takes the path of least resistance. Water flows downward and around obstacles. Yet we tend to glorify going against the flow, even when it’s not necessary.
So my vision for 2020 has to move along a different path. What’s true for me is not what’s true for many others. Instead, I’m told that I’m practicing witchcraft. Or I’m told that what I do is not possible. Clearly, I haven’t found my target audience 🙂 If you’re reading this and can help give me insight, I’d be grateful to hear from you.
I’m still reading the book, but just had to share now: Our Symphony With Animals – On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies by Aysha Akhtar, M.D. She’s such a superb storyteller — you won’t be disappointed!
Another bonus: Profits from the book go to animal charities.
Here’s the description of the book from her site:
A leader in the fields of animal ethics and neurology, in her latest book Dr. Aysha Akhtar examines the rich human-animal connection and how interspecies empathy enriches our well-being.
Deftly combining medicine, social history and personal experience, Our Symphony with Animals is the first book by a physician to show how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined.
Against the backdrop of her own inspiring story, Dr. Akhtar asks, “What do we gain when we recognize our kinship with animals?”
She travels around the country to tell the stories of a varied cast of characters ― including a former mobster, an industrial chicken farmer, a Marine veteran ― and comes face to face with a serial killer…
“I am on a mission to show how treating animals with kindness is not only good for animals, but also good for us. Join me as I explore how animal protection is a win-win for everyone.”
Visit her site here.