Today, I saw an emaciated coyote hobbling down the street. The fur she had left on her frail body was matted and she had raw, red exposed skin on her hind quarters. It broke my heart. I called the human society to see if they would come and rescue her. I put food & water out on the street. She just kept pacing up and down the street as if she was looking for something or someone. She never touched the food or water, that would have been life saving for her. Eventually, I had to leave to go to work and I don’t know if the humane society ever came to pick her up. That coyote stayed in my mind & heart all day. For me, she epitomized the heart of all suffering and how hard it is to see help when it’s right in front of us. Or how hard it is to ask for help because we’re so lost in whatever is causing us so much pain. If she’d only stopped to eat some food or to drink some water she might have been able to save herself.
It was such a powerful lesson for me today. I had to ask myself the question, “where in my life am I afraid to ask for help? Or what am I missing that is right in front of me because I’m too lost in my own suffering?”
That coyote in her suffering offered me a gift that I hope will stay with me forever so that her short life was not in vain. I’m sure others learned other lessons from her as well.
Take a moment today to check-in with yourself and scan your inner and outer world to see if there is anything you’re missing that could be life affirming or help you on the next step in your journey?