Leigh and I are fortunate in life. Our collective bucket lists are almost bare … to see rhinos in their natural habitat before humans extinguish them and the aurora borealis before it fades … and we have found and embraced purpose that fulfills us – both individually and together.
So why this blog?
Well, like many, we have both pursued happiness and peace through quick fix bumper stickers, e.g.
- “what other people think of you is none of your business”
- “pursue your dreams, not a career“
But it wasn’t until our cat* – our first together – died – over a decade ago, that the cosmic tumblers clicked, and we both experienced a quantum shift in our alignment with the universe. Things that are intrinsicaly important came crashing into our reality. We started on our journey of animal welfare, subscribing to the truths of Buddhism (and for me non-theism), veganism (albeit still slightly imperfect) and the inseparable link between love and giving.
This blog is our vehicle to share that journey, those experiences and our re-invention. No preaching, just storytelling.
*Poodie’s ashes are buried under a jacaranda tree, on a beach, off Manda island on the east coast of Kenya. This is near the island of Lamu … the oldest continually inhabited town, and was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa. It is believed to have been established in 1370. It is also the home of hundreds of community cats with the closest genealogical ties to the original Egyptian cats gods.