My hope is that we can navigate through this world with the grace and integrity of those who most need our protection.
May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats; may we have the maternal instincts and protective nature of the hens and the sassiness of the roosters.
May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle and the wisdom, humility, and serenity of the donkeys.
May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits.
May we have the faithfulness and commitment to family of the geese, the adaptability and affability of the ducks.
May we have the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and playfulness of the turkeys.
My hope is that we can learn from the animals what we need to become better people.
May it be so.
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(music by Gosta Berling)