Be the Rabbit with Laura Simms

Guest Post by Laura Simms for the Kind Kindred series.

Be the Rabbit

My rabbits have it good.

I don’t like the idea of owning animals, so I prefer to thinking of myself as their guardian.

As the guardian of Ewok & Henry, two personable house rabbits they, I take my role seriously. Plenty of fresh hay, water, greens, and pellets. They are not caged, so they roam around the house at will (yes, they’re litter trained). And I frequently introduce new forms of bunny enrichment like boxes to hide in, sticks to chews on, and temporary homemade “bunnels” to run through. I do my best to relate to them on their terms, not forcing them to be picked up or handled if they don’t want to be. Can’t always resist that one, though.

No crazy stuff like bunny strollers or little bunny bow ties. But lots of care, consideration, space, and nuzzles.

And they seem to be happy. We’re rewarded with bunny signs of affection when they mark us with their chins, when they fly through the air with a celebratory twist, when they lay vulnerable in the middle of the room as we step over them, and when they nudge us, literally, for pets and pats.

One day when I was particularly running myself ragged–over-scheduled, over-extended, under-fed, and under-rested–I had the thought, “I wish some one would take care of me the way I take care of the bunnies.”

Think think think.

“Oh…that person is supposed to be me,” came the realization, slowly and almost shamefully.

Why was it that I could be a better guardian of two little rabbits than myself?

At the risk of sounding like a total nutso, I’ll tell you the mindflip that helps me take better care of myself:

I think of myself as a rabbit.

As kind, gentle, unassuming, and deserving as a little rabbit. What little rabbit doesn’t deserve rest, good food, entertainment, safety, and freedom?

A career coach for creatives armed with the super power of hearing between the lines, Laura Simms helps passionate creatives discover and cultivate the work meant just for them. Once called “momentum swashbuckler,” Laura puts the giddy-up in career transition and career strategy. She sees the world through animal analogies. Visit at createasfolk.com.

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