Unfortunately, it is inevitable that sometimes people say or do unfortunate things. You have no control over the actions of others, but you do have control over your own actions and reactions. As challenging as it can be, always choose kindness and compassion.
I completely forgot to celebrate Goat of the Day’s first birthday, which occurred on October 1st. I am a bit stunned that I have managed to carry on posting my goat photographs everyday for now over a year! The majority of these goats I have had the pleasure of meeting and photographing in person, with a few exceptions of when friends have met and photographed goats and sent them along, and a few famous goat portraits that float around the internet.
This feat would not have been possible without my friends who think of me when they see goats, nor would it have been possible without my partner who has patiently driven me to places where goats reside, or accompanied me to events where we will happen upon goats and who supports my daily habit. Also, this blog would not be possible without my mother who generously gave me my camera that has been hard at work photographing goats since the summer of 2019. I am also grateful to all of those people who read this blog, for whatever reason, who like the posts and give me a follow. I hope to continue to provide pictures of goats with good vibes for at least a while longer. To that end, I revisited one of my most favourite places in all of the England, Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats. I urge you if you ever find yourself in southern England to spend an afternoon among the friendly goats in their caprine utopia.
Many, many thanks to Buttercups for keeping these amazing creatures and allowing the public to enjoy
A new study from the Queen Mary University of London indicates that goats lead rich emotional lives. Their research has shown that goats can recognise the calls from their goat friends and distinguish those calls from the sounds of unfamiliar goats, an ability scientists call emotional contagion. The study even showed that goats respond to specific emotions of other goats, for example when their friends are happily enjoying a meal, illustrating that goats have empathy. Empathy is an amazing trait that goes hand-in-hand with compassion – aren’t goats amazing?
Empathy and compassion are wonderful traits to have.
Reflect on how far you’ve come. It may not seem like it everyday, but you have actually accomplished quite a bit and your existence makes someone else’s life a bit brighter and happier. Don’t look back in regret, look back with admiration for all you have survived. Look back to build strength to push forward – if you have made it this far the possibilities about how far you will go are endless!
The past is all part of your epic saga, without it you wouldn’t be who you are or where you are.
Isn’t is amazing that compassion for others is a major theme of every major world religion? Everyone, no matter what choices or circumstances they have in life, experiences suffering. Not only is compassion featured prominently as a way to be in the world across all religions, but there is an evolutionary component. When we experience compassion, our hormones secrete oxytocin in parts of our brain activating our pleasure centres. I’m not going to promote a specific religion – or lack thereof – I’m just saying that we suffer far less when we are willing to suffer together.