Sitting here in the kitchen just now, a picture on our frig caught my eye….
Picture of Winston and I
A passing comment by my dad when I was 14, is still bearing fruit to this day. Dad was reading The Power Of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale in his stuffed leather chair after work one night, and as I walked by he said..”You need to read this Junior.”
So I did. Up until then, it never entered my mind, I had any control over what went on in my head. I gradually discovered I could influence my emotional well-being more than I realized, just by paying attention to my mental responses to life. (Does that make sense?)
So you might say, I have become a seeker on how we as humans can cultivate a more healthy thought life, all the while staying rooted in the reality.
I have no time for simplistic Polly-Anna type drivel, nor spiritual “name it and claim it”nonsense not tried on the anvil of life….
Having said that,here’s a link to my favorite quote about attitudes.
In my 40’s I came across the story of Winston Churchill and realized there was a man I wanted to know more about. Almost single handedly (it seemed) he had been able to inspire of the people of England in the midst of their battle with Nazi Germany…
How did he do that? I wanted to know. Later I realized he was not always up, he too wrestled with the dog days of depression..but he also had some hobbies to encourage himself and recharge his batteries emotionally.
Some of the activities he used included slipping away to his farm in the country, painting, and feed apples to his pig.
Churchill said this about his pig:
“Dogs, look up to you, cats look down at you…but a pig looks at you as an equal.”
I told my wife, I wanted to get a pet pig and name him Winston. (We already live in the country, had the apple trees planted, and since Winston Churchill was now one of my heroes.. it only seemed natural that I should get a pet pig.
I called a local farmer who raises pigs and asked if I could buy a baby pig next time he had some for sale. I forgot to mention I wanted a male, so we came home with a female piglet, whom I tagged “Winston.”
She started out as a 20 pound piglet, and two years later when I finally had to tell her “good-by,” she was pushing 650 pounds.
Here’s some random things about pigs you may or may not know…..
They are highly intelligent…right up there with dolphins and chimps.
They love to have their belly rubbed/just like a dog.
They are social.
That stereo type about them being dirty is not 100% accurate. They don’t have sweat glands so in the summer, hanging out in the mud hole is a way to keep themselves cool.
When pigs are forced to live in a confined area, they will do their bathroom duties in one area- and keep their nesting area clean.
Here’s another picture of her eyes that I find almost haunting….
There is intelligence behind those eyes.
I miss her still….