Black Dog lives entirely in the moment now
running the beach
with no thought of later and before
no what if, no regret…~ from Moon Tide: Cape Cod Poems
The two things that separate us from the animals are what might teach us the most: Animals have a different sense of self, and they live entirely in the moment.
Encountering life on those terms could open up a whole new reality.
Once I knew a dog called Daisy. She was a black pointer lab mix with a white bib, and she didn’t stay with me because I made her, she stayed because she chose to.
We were friends, and she had many lessons to teach me.
Have you ever watched an animal look at its reflection in a mirror? It is unable to connect the image it sees with itself.
Daisy knew to eat and sleep and keep herself well. But her animal self-preservation never extended beyond that to the point she made others suffer for her benefit.
Imagine people doing that.
Daisy also lived entirely in the present moment.
We can’t do that, memory and time work differently for us, but it has something to teach us.
We can embrace the beauty of the moment and not let regret for the past and fear for the future ruin it.
Especially now, as we face unprecedented times.
…Only Black Dog beach and sky
The eternal now, now, now. ~From Moon Tide: Cape Cod Poems