Who would have thought raising such a little lamb would have such a big impact.
She came into our life at barely two weeks of age, after being abandoned by her mother. I blogged about her here when she arrived.
Life with Lamborghini (aka Lamby) over the last eight months has been far from boring, as we became her surrogate family.
Last week, as many of you know, she left for greener pastures, having munched her way through my yard and into my heart. She left her mark everywhere.
1. We may look different but we’re all the same underneath.
I remember when Harry met Lamby. Neither knew what the other was but after some mild curiosity it became clear that it didn’t matter.
It didn’t take long for them to accept each other and co-exist happily. Both so innocent and with no expectations.
Imagine if humans were the same and we accepted each other, with all our differences.
2. Obstacles can be overcome
We come across barriers in our life and sometimes feel like we’re on the outside but there’s always a way through. Stay positive, persevere and never give up.
Lamby was proof of that. She was stubborn and persistent and often found her way up on my decking and into my potted herbs, amongst other places.
This cheeky lamb always found a way through, or around a problem.
3. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses … and the mint and the parsley.
Don’t rush so much that you miss the simple pleasures along the way. Life is more enjoyable when we slow down and appreciate the beauty around us.
Lamby had no trouble fully immersing herself in the moment, not to mention the flowers, herbs, mint, sage, parsley and the bay leaf tree.
What a marinade of flavours!
Strangely she ignored the rosemary. Maybe the fact that it was near our barbecue put her off!
She was content with whatever she found. Be grateful everyday for what you have. She was!
4. The Grass is greener on the other side of the Fence
Be content with where you are. Water your own patch and watch it flourish.
In Lamby’s case the grass WAS greener on the other side (because she had eaten all of ours).
Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to look further than our own backyard, to explore new paths and make goals.
Life is an adventure waiting to be enjoyed. Don’t put it off.
5. Never feel too old to play.
The way Lamby jumped for joy reminded me of the simple pleasures that we often forget in our stressful and busy lives.
It’s time to be less serious. Life is precious, fleeting and we only get one shot at it.
Smile, laugh, play, let your hair down, be goofy and lose some of those inhibitions
6. Prickly encounters are inevitable in life.
We all find ourselves confronted by prickly people, situations and moments from time to time.
Stay calm and appear nonplussed.
Initially Lamby was a bit unsure about this echidna but she quickly learned it was safe, though smart to keep a respectful distance.
Be cool and don’t sweat the small stuff. Or fake it till you make it.
7. You’re never too old for hugs and cuddles.
The world needs as much love and affection as it can get. Reach out and give someone a hug today.
Animals are expert at that.
8. Live in the Moment
They embrace the moment, whether it’s standing and soaking up the rain or chilling out in the sunshine.
Being content in the moment is a choice we can all make.
9. Appearances aren’t everything
Choose your hairdresser carefully. Lamby was sullen for days after her dodgy haircut but in a hot Melbourne summer it was necessary.
Regardless, no matter how bad the haircut, hair always grows back.
You can’t judge a lamb by its cover, or lack of. Underneath this scrawny newly shorn sheep was still our pretty girl.
10. Sometimes the kindest thing is to let go
Letting go is never easy. Goodbyes are hard. But, for all the joy she brought us, I know that moving her on was for the best. She’s in a good place.
She’s surrounded by her own type, though I think she might still be wondering what they are.
It seems she still thinks she’s a dog!
She’ll fit in eventually.
But to us she’ll always stand out from the crowd.
“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”
If Lamby could talk she’d undoubtedly wish you all peace, love and light in your patch of the world. As well as a nice juicy vegetable patch.
And maybe she’d tell you not to be afraid to step out and be yourself.