I first posted this essay with the title Put the Talk on Pause: A Photo Essay back in mid-April, when the pandemic was relatively new to the US and Micro of the Macro had very few readers. Since the message is still applicable and the photos are some of my favorites, I have done a bit of editing and I am reposting for my newer readers. For those of you who have already seen the post, please enjoy the trip down memory lane!
I don’t know about you, but I’m in a definite time warp. I can’t keep up with the date or the day of the week. On the one hand, this year is flying, much like last year. On the other hand, the stifling control of pandemic and its unyielding, pervasive gloom talk seem to have been with us for ages. There’s nothing I would love more than to wave a magic wand, making the next several months a part of our collective past.
But until I come across that magic wand, I’ll make do with smaller mundane acts that get me from one day to the next while help keeping me sane. One of those acts is turning off the tv. Listening to incessant politics and bad news from reporters, government officials, and even commercials, causes feelings of impatience and anger to surface on my normally peaceful mindset. So it’s high time, as my grandmother used to say, to put the talk on pause.
In that pause, what can I count on to transform my troubled thoughts and feelings? Today, I’ll utilize the healing balm of animals. According to 69 scientific studies on human-animal interaction reviewed by The National Center for Biotechnology Information, interacting with animals can be quite therapeutic. Some of the benefits shown in these studies include improved mood & behavior; reduced stress, fear & anxiety; improved heart health & immune function; and reduced aggression. Doesn’t your pet make you feel better, especially now in the time of covid?
Even though we cannot interact with animals in pictures, it is my belief that simply viewing them must have positive effects as well. According to Statista, viewing wildlife while hiking, mountain biking, diving, etc. is extremely popular in this country, with about 20 million folks participating annually.
The wildlife pics included in this post are a few personal favorites, taken during my travels around the American West. It is my hope that you’ll find yourself smiling as you look at them while taking a well-deserved pause from all the talk.
Blessings for Animal Healing,