Lessons from a Lamb

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.

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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.

 Like most animals that come into our life, she taught us some simple yet profound lessons that won’t quickly be forgotten.

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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We all find ourselves confronted by prickly people, situations and moments from time to time.

Stay calm and appear nonplussed.

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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.


There is no greater love than unconditional love.

Animals are expert at that.

8. Live in the Moment


Lamby, and indeed all our pets, don’t have a master plan. They don’t fret about the past and they’re not scared of the future. 

They embrace the moment, whether it’s standing and soaking up the rain or chilling out in the sunshine.

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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.

To be true to yourself, embrace all your differences, love your flaws and imperfections and never forget how special and unique you are.


166 thoughts on “Lessons from a Lamb

  1. Seeing her in the trailer made me sad. It’s what’s best, but I’m certain it was hard. That’s we never name our calves. Now, the donkeys? They’re not going anywhere, so they got named. By the way, I still absolutely love that pick of your dog chasing her!!! It’s hilarious. πŸ˜ƒ

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  2. You have such a way with words and lessons, Miriam, so it stands to reason you’d not only experience something as incredible as this, but be able to teach us lessons from it. Despite life’s impermanence, there are so many wonderful moments and connections made. There is such love in those photos – and in your words.

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  3. Beautiful words and photos Miriam. I love how you tied it all into Lamby’s behaviours – we should all be reminded to follow these lessons in life. Thank you so much for your touching post, I loved it. Hoping Lamby is doing well. x

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    1. Thanks Debbie, simple lessons but definitely ones that can apply to us all hey. Lamby’s doing great, has the run of the yard, some four legged friends and a Grandpa that apparently dotes on her. What more could a lamb want? πŸ™‚πŸŒΏ

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  4. Loved this post and that Lamby taught us such great lessons in life…and loved seeing more photos of Lamby too. So cute seeing her getting stuck in the fence. πŸ™‚ You have a gift of tying it all back together. I know she is well loved and missed…but I’m sure she’s happy too…even if she still thinks she’s a dog! Such a cutie. Just love her expression. πŸ™‚

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  5. This is such a beautiful post with so much depth. Wonderful, Miriam, just wonderful. I’m sure she will soon realize that they are actually pretty fun too. And I do wonder how she will react when she sees you guys again? I bet she will always recognize you…

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    1. Thanks Sandra. I think she will recognise us. I read somewhere that lambs remember and recognise familiar faces for life. πŸ™‚
      Got your email. I’ll reply later, after dinner. Cheers.

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  6. Aww, this post made me feel all sorts of emotions. First of all, she is the cutest lamb ever! Such a delightful smile she has. Secondly, your journey with her so was touching πŸ™‚ Some comical times too in there but aww… My heart’s all melting.

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    1. Aw NJ, that’s so sweet of you to say. I must admit I felt all sorts of emotions as I was putting it this post together. She made a big impact. ❀️

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  7. Your pics brought a smile to my face. Well done and expressed. Not meaning to blow my own horn, but one of my blogs on Puerto Vallarta on cobble stone streets carries a similar message. If you get a moment, give it a look. Cheers.

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  8. Animals can teach us so much if we just let them. Thanks for sharing the lessons from Lamby, as they are ones that all of us need to learn. I’m sure it was hard to let her go, but I think you did the best thing. Take care!

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  9. Such an inspirational post, Miriam! There is hope for Lamby! Eventually she should fit in at the farm! It’s never easy to let go. We form such strong bonds with our pets. And Lamby seems like quite the character! Love all your photos of her (especially the one of her jumping for joy)!! How I’d like to be able to do that myself! You were very lucky to have her as long as you did! And you have such great memories and photos. I can’t even imagine having a lamb as a pet where I live, so it’s really wonderful for me to see!!

    This post is a beautiful tribute to Lamby; kudos to you and thank you!!

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    1. Thanks so much Cynthia and yes, we were really lucky to have her for as long as we did. Trust me, I had LOTS of reservations initially. Like you, I never dreamed of raising a lamb but it’s amazing how quickly we’re won over. She proved to be quite a character and a real joy. What I don’t miss though is sweeping up her mountain of poos! πŸ™‚
      Thanks again for your lovely comment. It’s always great to see you here.

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      1. You write so much from the heart Miriam. And you have such an amazing level of supporters out there! It makes me begin to doubt myself that perhaps I telling too many of the same old stories and should be trying to open up and write more from the heart like you do! But that is no easy feat. I truly admire what you write Miriam. Thanks for inspiring me. I keep plugging away at it and sometimes feel disheartened that no one is out there listening but then I remember that the reason I first started blogging was because it made me feel good to write. πŸ™‚

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        1. Oh Nicole, don’t be disheartened. You’re an amazing writer and your words and photography always blow me away. You have such a powerful voice when it comes to inspiring others and I honestly don’t think you need to change a thing. We all have our own style and message that we want to get across. Yours is you and you don’t need to change for anyone.

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        2. Oh thanks Miriam. I guess it has been an up and down kind of few months. I felt discouraged last night but I never give up. Thanks as always for your incredible support!!! you always are so inspiring to me!

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        3. I hadn’t finished my message when my fat fingers accidentally hit reply. Aagh, rotten phones. Anyway I just wanted to say, keep enjoying your writing because that shines through in every post. Just like your beautiful photos. Hugs and warmest wishes. xo

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  10. OMG I’m balling my eyes out! That’s so funny, she thinks she’s a dog…I bet she does too. How’s Harry? Has he stopped looking for her yet? What a beautiful post Miri, you sure know how to write! It’s all so true. Your words are so touching and real. They always touch my heart and soul. If we would only take our cue from animals, life would be so much easier and a lot more fun!! I’m going to do my best to do just that, in honor of Lamby!! Warm hugs my sweet friend. xo

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    1. Yep, I have no doubt Lamby thinks she’s a dog. When she was with us she commandeered Harry’s bed (he let her), she’d sit out on the mat with him and I swear she just thought they were canine buddies. It was very cute to watch. I think he’s realised she’s gone now though he moped around for quite a while after she left. Who ever said animals don’t have emotions?
      Anyway, I’m sure they’ll both adjust. πŸ™‚ Life goes on for one and all! Thanks for your sweet and lovely comment Deb. Warm hugs back xo

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      1. Oh yes they are probably adjusting way better than we, as they are so much smarter when it comes to enjoying life. I wonder if she’s barked at her new friends yet? Lol!! xo

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  11. Hello dear Miriam!
    You mentioned tears in a comment to me… I’m tearing up at your stunning post…and laughing through the tears as well…
    Lambs is beautiful and so are your photos. The messages are profound… thank you again for making me ‘feel’ something beautiful through this medium called writing πŸ™πŸΌβ€

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    1. Isn’t blogging just the best? Honestly Di, I love the fact that I can share the stories of this previous little lamb with you and with so many others. It really makes it special. Thank you for ‘feeling’ my post, through your tears and laughter. She quite often reduced me to both myself! Big hugs to you xo

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      1. Yes, it really is, Miriam…🌸
        I adore ‘feeling’ and really appreciate when I can. So thank you for such a beautiful piece of writing.
        βœ¨βœ¨πŸ’•

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  12. What great advice from such a cute lamb! The photos of her growth in 8 months are marvelous! The reminders to stop to smell the roses, mint, and parsley, and to take time for play were the ones that struck home most strongly for me. Thank you, Lamby! And thank YOU, Miriam!

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  13. Another wonderfully touching post, Miriam, (and worth the scrolling injury I sustained getting to the bottom of the comments section to pay homage to my mentor). You may have always pursued this, but if not, you should really consider syndicating a series “When Harry met Lamby,” If I remember correctly, the movie did ok. But I think Lamby would give Meg Ryan a run for her money.

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