I recently came across this piece by Walt Whitman. It speaks beautifully to a lifestyle that I believe is escaping humans. A life that involves contentment, simplicity and pleasure in the little things. Are we not all animals? We can learn a thing or two from our fuzzy friends. Remember, they were here long before us, and will likely remain long after we are gone.
With Animals by Walt Whitman
I think I could turn and live with animals
they are so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them long and long,
They do not sweat and whine about their condition;
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins;
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God.
Not one is dissatisfied–not one is demented with the mania of owning
things. Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind
that lived thousands of years ago;
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.
photos from flickr user sneakerdog