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If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?

I have been attracted to lizards lately. I think they are my new totem animal. When I was disintegrating and reconfiguring myself in the years after my divorce I was attracted to butterflies. As I anticipated my walkabout toward freedom – I saw dragonflies everywhere. They embodied the freedom I was craving.

Now it’s lizards.

In the three months I have been on my walkabout I have come down to earth with the other animals that scurry around on the ground. If you watch lizards – they are very attentive to their environment. Their eyes and neck dart and jerk. They are wary and cautious — which is what you have to be when you start to move more freely about in new territory. An interesting thing about them is that they do have some regenerative abilities. If their tail gets pulled off, they create another one – so there is some leeway for errors of judgment.

I have been attracted to aboriginal art for some time too. Since imitation leads to innovation, I started by copying some of the work of other artists to get a feel for it. The piece I did above was inspired by artist Michael Tommy Tjapanardi.

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  1. I have recently given away my hamster; he was sweet, gentle, quiet. I think rodents can be great pets, but I now hope to have a mellow, curious cat. A friend with his own personality, and I love how they can sleep so easily, without a care in the world. I love to massage and pet a cat as we bond. Some don’t go for this, but I am hopeful we’ll be good company for one another.
    If I could BE any animal I’d be one not having to face possible extinction due to human disregard for my needs to have a sustainable living environment. I’d be a seeing–eye dog, with temperament and training to help someone lead a much better quality of life due to my loyal presence. No hassles over finances or concern what family thinks; just a simple bond built on trust, loyalty, giving a helping hand where it is needed in exchange for a good home, decent food, and a chance for some fun outings together.

    December 10, 2012
    • Your animal sounds like the definition of a good friend. I hope you get just the right kitty friend soon! Betsy

      December 10, 2012
  2. I love owls. I would like the owl to be my totem. I can’t claim to be wise though so I figure it’s my totem because I’m searching for wisdom.

    November 30, 2012
    • I think you are wise! You don’t claim to know it all (that’s what a wise person would say) and there is much wisdom in searching. Love Betsy

      November 30, 2012
  3. Patricia Gardner #

    I think I’d be a bird of some sort, maybe a great blue heron. I relate to it’s long-necked gawkiness. And being a former dancer, too, I appreciate it’s graceful launch to flight. An old Graham dancer once told me I had an elegant awkwardness. I thought it quite a back-handed compliment at the time, but when I think of herons I appreciate the remark.

    November 29, 2012
    • I think the elegant graceful great blue heron fits you perfectly! Betsy

      November 29, 2012
  4. I would be a cat of some sort – preferably wild. I love the way they move (having been a ballet dancer, no wonder I hone in on that.) The power, the sleekness and the soft fur which belies what’s underneath. Also, the alertness in the eyes. And finally, the way the whiskers move when they yawn. Definitely me 🙂

    November 29, 2012
    • Love your description Terri! Thanks for reading and commenting. Betsy

      November 29, 2012

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