Thought for the Day 11 September 2018
For several days, I have been trying to come up with a thought for the day. My mind has been a complete blank. Not a single thought that I would even think of writing down. This is a very frustrating situation for someone who likes to write. I’ve been getting very irritable as a result. But this morning, I was sitting in the smallest room in my house, reading my book, (My standard way of building strength and will to face the day – it’s one of the few places where I’m pretty sure I won’t be interrupted.) when I heard a barbet singing in a tree just outside the window. Of course, I mimicked a reply. The bird repeated his song and I replied. My daughter shouted, “What are you doing?” my reply was obvious, “I’m talking to a bird.” She said, “The dog thinks you’ve lost it.” And in an instant I had my thought for the day:
“If only I could talk to the animals just like Dr. Doolittle!”
Imagine watching your cat playing with your dog. When the feline glances at you, you might guess that she’s thinking, ‘this is fun’, but, if you were able to understand, you’d know she was thinking, ‘I’m just humoring this big lump. Dogs are so dumb!’ And when your parrot screeches, ‘Polly wants a cracker.’ And you fetch a biscuit, which gets unceremoniously dropped on the floor of the cage, Dr. Doolittle would know that the bird wanted a girlfriend not a biscuit at all.
And going to the zoo would be a whole new experience. You’d know the giraffes were saying ‘These spectators are a pain in my neck.” And the crocodile with its mouth wide open was trying to draw your attention to a large lump of gristle stuck in his teeth. You’d even understand the meerkats running round and round their enclosure and squeaking to each other. They’re saying, ‘there’s got to be a way out of this dump. I just got to find it.’
The possibilities are endless. It would sure beat the hell out of going to work every day. I hope you look at animals differently from now on.