Humble Company by James Jeges

As someone who likes engaging in creative activities, I always have this internal debate with myself, which diminishes the enjoyment I get from my work:… “Does this say the right thing?”, “Will this be misinterpreted?”, “What if nobody likes this?”, “Is this interesting enough?”, “Who would care what I have to say?”,… The questions and doubts are endless.

 

Some of us may have brushed up against the phrase, “Just stop caring what other people think”. Those familiar may also know of the insurmountable difficulty to “just let things go”. Further, to reject certain parts of ourselves, also risks letting go of the parts we cherish the most; parts of who we are as individuals.

The truth is; I am not courageous enough to stop worrying about the (most likely imaginary) judgment I perceive. I will most likely make plenty of excuses as to why things are the way they are. Recently, I have learned that I do not need to make excuses to have fun. It is that lesson I will cherish as it carries me forward.

About 10 years ago, I visited the Donkey sanctuary in Tongala, Victoria. It is a very beautiful, peaceful place. I enjoyed being amongst the donkeys as they go about their businesses, but also the way they stoically acknowledge you, as you approach.

 

There is a sign next to one of their enclosures, with text containing something to the effect of, “Please enjoy the Donkey’s humble company”. I was so touched by these words, as it so effectively describes the memories I took away from that place.

 

I have felt that our environment can provide a similar experience, if we slow down, stop, and allow ourselves to acknowledge it;

The way our trees stand by us every day. The way the grass
glows in the sunset. The way the wind dances around us invisibly. The way the ocean whispers into our minds. The way the roses smell… in our noses?

 

While I wish I could visit the donkeys more often, I am thankful they have taught me to appreciate their humble company.