This post involves 3 of my favorite things:
I'm one of those people that leave the TV on for their dog when they head out. THEY GET LONELY, OK?
But pet parenting aside, this was how I discoverd Nat Geo is running their "Big Cats Week". And they have the best hostess ever…Betty White! Turns out lil' Betty once dreamt of becoming a zookeeper, more specifically, in charge of the big cats. Since she was a child, she's always carried a fascination for their beauty and powerful presence. And the reason I have to love Betty so much is because she's 91 and never stops wanting to enjoy in the wonders of the world. She can be found on a football field one minute or on a helicopter the next. I adore the woman's spunk. Perfect lady to usher in this Uplifting Geo Reflection…
While the zookeepers were transporting a cheetah to a different area in the zoo, people kept asking why a dog was accompanying them. It just looked strange to have a cheetah and dog walking alongside each other Sunday stroll style.
But Betty was happy to explain that a dog helps calm the anxious cheetah. Basically, the cheetah sees the dog is ok with humans and the commotion in their immediate environment, thus the cheetah calms down and is accepting of its surroundings, too. In other words, it doesn't freak out, eat the elephants and run to the freeway.
It made me realize how we as humans are both the cheetah AND the dog at some point in our lives.
There have been times when someone in our life served as the calm and comfortable force and kept us from reaping havoc on innocent bystanders or becoming a victim to our own "survival" (aka ego) instincts. Then there were the times we offered protection in our display of acceptance of situations around us to others.
Maybe you're one or the other right now. Just as it's so awe-inspiring to see nature role model for us through the animal kingdom, give thanks that we as humans can engage in the same supportive behaviors. We, too, are gifted natural counterpart companions.
See, Nat Geo is like Oprah to me.
I leave you with the words of Ms. Betty herself:
"There's always something to do and there's always something to wonder about."
May you always wonder what the world is up to.
The actual episode isn't available as a clip yet, but I found one that will paint the appropriate picture (just imagine Betty White's voice :)