What Do Your Favourite Animals Say About Aging Backwards You?
Animals reflect our behaviour.
Which animal do you like, think About Aging Backwards, see often, feel a
closeness to, have a kinship with? See if it is in our directory below.
miserable and then I’m happy. I'm miserable and then I’m sad; I’m miserable and sad. I’m sad and miserable.
Well, dear heart;
what is it to be? Will you sit in doom and gloom, or will you allow the lighter
energies to have their way?
It is always a choice, dear one.
We hope that you
choose a brighter note; however, as has been said, this is always a choice...
(Life isn’t always easy; this is true. For some of
us life is easier, for others not so easy. However,
we can adjust ourselves to the time and allow
whatever conditions are surrounding us, to prevail.
This doesn’t mean having a defeatist attitude and
allowing ourselves to sink in the mire. No, we don’t
want to do this any more than put our heads in a
smouldering fire. And yet, for most of us, this is
what we do; metaphorically speaking. We sit, or wrap
ourselves up in blankets and allow the doom and
gloom to cover us. Yes, this is indeed what some of
us do. Then, when the cloud has passed we jump back
into life and begin again. Up, down, up, down.
There is a better way to handle life’s problems.
Being mindful that life is a series of ups and downs
allows us to ‘accept’ that life is full of ups and
downs. This attitude is hard to find however, once
found it brings a calming with it. Once we ‘accept’
life, on its terms, we no longer need to hide from
it. Yes, acceptance is the key (there are many more)
however, the first key is acceptance that life has
its ups and its downs.
And so it is that when we find ourselves attracted
to the magnificent Panda we may care to ask
ourselves; are we fighting and resisting life’s ups
and downs or are we accepting that there will be ups
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Panther (Black Leopard)
got it wrong, dear friend. The world is not round,
no it isn't.
I'll argue that 'til I'm black and blue. Yes I
would seem that those of us (myself included) who admire
this grand creature are subject to standing up for
ourselves; right or wrong. We do not approve of
others insisting that they ‘prove their point’.
Whether, or not, they are correct, is of no
consequence. It is fairness and justice we wish
for. No amount of arguing will coerce us into
believing much of what they say. Unfortunately, they
have ‘dug their own graves’, so to speak, by
endeavouring to argue. This is folly to individuals
such as me. We do not appreciate attitudes and
understandings being shoved down our throats. We
would much prefer a calm resolve to include as much
detail as is necessary, and then leave it up to us to
make a judgment.
Therefore, there is little that one can do to change
a Panther lover’s heart, or mind. State your case and
vamoose if you do not want the wrath of the Panther
personality reducing you to a wimp like imbecile.
That’s right. Get out before the Panther personality
rips you to shreds. We have powerful bodies, and they
cater to a powerful mind. No nonsense; thank you
very much…… You heard me; vamoose!
my friends, it would seem that we have a
predilection for justice, and with a strong moral
code. Being one of those who admire this creature, I
am pleased to know this. I was a little afraid, at
the start, that I was feeling the energies of a
bully. Phew; thanks guys; I’ve enjoyed this one
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Wee Willy Winkie runs through the town;
upstairs and downstairs
in his dressing gown. Are you mad at me? Please don’t be. I don’t like it if
you’re mad at me.
(Why do we worry so much? Why do we worry at all? If
we were meant to worry we would have been given a
worry gene. Oh, wait a minute! A worry gene! Could
it be so? Could it be true? Have we a worry gene?
Indeed t’is true. A ‘worry’ gene there is; to be
found in the future, my friends.
For those of us who suffer from the ‘worry’ gene,
there is a simple remedy.
Yes, simple! And what is the remedy? The remedy is
to stop and desist from worrying.
Sounds good however; I don’t think that would be
No, indeed it is not very easy to do however; it is
the simple remedy.
And how can we put this simple remedy into practise?
Well, dear one, that is very simple; not easy
however; very simple.
Firstly; all things are achieved by becoming ‘aware’
of them. Do you agree with that statement? If you
do, then well and good. If you do not; well, my
friend, we cannot help you.
However; for all of those who are in agreement we
Take that bull (errr pig) by the horns (errm ears)
and throw it up against the nearest wall. No, dear
friends, we do not agree with animal cruelty; no
indeed. However; in this case we shall use the
proverbial throwing of the bull against the wall to
demonstrate the means of casting away our worries.
Therefore, my friends, we have ‘named’ the worry. We
have ‘decided’ that the worry must go, and we have
‘cast it away’.
Right; that’s done.
Are you saying that now that we have named the
worry, and decided that we do not want to worry, and
that we have cast it away that now we shall be free
of the worry?
Yes and no. Yes, we have named it, decided we no
longer want it, and cast it out. This does not mean
that it won’t return, dear one. Oh no, the worry has
a mind of its own (so to speak) and will return to
And what should we do when it returns?
Go through the entire procedure again, my friend;
for as long as it takes to realise that worrying is
not the cure. No, my friends; worrying is not the
cure for what ails. Taking that bull by its horns
(or in this case, the pig by its ears) and casting
it out, is but a short-term solution. The real (and
long-term solution) is discovering, by this method,
that worrying is not the solution. We shall explain:
By placing certain mental energies upon the
problem/worry we learn to correctly ‘identify’ the
worry. In so doing we agree (mentally) that to worry
is not the solution. This ‘objectivity’ allows us to
simplify the concern and, by means of the gained
‘objectivity’ toward the worry comes an even greater
energy upon which to place our thoughts.
And what is this ‘greater energy’?
This ‘greater energy’ is the energy of reason, my
friend; and reason allows us the space to find a
As said; this is simple and yet not so easy……..)
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hunting we will go, a hunting we will go. Hi-ho the dairy'o; a hunting we will
Much has been said over
the years About Aging Backwards bears; their strength; their ferocity; their cunning; their
ability to stand still in the face of danger.
It's all true. We are
strong, we are brave, we have the ability to defend ourselves, and those we love.
Oh yes; you would do well
to look at me; my strengths; my abilities.
(Proud; oh yes, we are proud Proud of our
achievements; proud of our understanding; proud of
our togetherness. Does this surprise? Yes? Well be
that as it may, it is true. Pride is not a dirty
word, you know. To be proud means to admire. Yes, it
does. To admire; means to be aware that one has the
ability to project oneself into one’s environment
with gusto. Yes, it does. To project oneself into
one’s environment with force and positivity; is this
not a force for good? Indeed, it is. We have much to
say and much to do; we Polar Bear types. Do we
shrink from a cause? Indeed not. Do we battle for
the highest good? Indeed we do. Why? I’ll tell you
why. Because this is the right thing to do. Easy.
For no other reason than it is the right thing to
do; and we Polar Bear types like to do the right
thing; for no other reason than it is ‘the right
thing to do'. Simple.
Yes, my friends; Polar Bear types are ever out to
accomplish. Not just any accomplishment; oh no, not
for the Polar Bear type. He/she wants to achieve
monumental things. And what are monumental things?
That’s easy. Monumental things are the quality which
abounds in this personality. They are things like
inner strength of conviction. Eternal adherence to
that which is good and right. Making sacrifices.
Yes, that’s right. The Polar Bear type will lay down
his all for that which is ‘better’.)
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hi there..! How be you today, my good friend. Would you like some company?
(Yes, this little creature loves company. He
generally behaves in a fashion that would suggest he likes his own company.
However, do not be fooled, dear friends. No,
do not be fooled by his outward actions, for indeed this little fellow does not
like to be alone.
There are many like this; are there not?
Indeed, this is true.
There are many who, like the possum prefer not
to be alone, and yet they can be seen alone. Yes, this happens to many. They
prefer company, and yet they 'keep to themselves'.
And, why do they keep to themselves?
This is an easy question to answer.
They keep to themselves because they are
And, of what are they afraid?
That is right, my dear friends. They are
afraid that they will not be liked; and so they keep to themselves.
We all know someone like this; do we not?
Quokka is a mammal. What is a mammal? A mammal is a
warm blooded creature and suckles its young until
the child/animal is capable of maintaining itself.
(And this is what
the Quokka personality does. It suckles its child
until it is ready to maintain life in a fashion that
will hold itself in good esteem. However; there are
always exceptions to every rule. Are there not? Yes?
Yes, we hear you
say; there are always exceptions to every rule. This
is truth, dear friends. Look About Aging Backwards you and you will
see exceptions here and there; exceptions that prove
the rule, dear friends.
Yes, it is the
exceptions that prove the rule. How else would we
know if a rule was workable? That’s right. We know
that a rule is workable by the exceptions that prove
And this is what
we would ask of the Quokka personality. Look About Aging Backwards
you and see if indeed the rules that you follow are
workable. If they are; well and good. If they are
not, then we would recommend that you investigate
the rule to see if indeed it could be stretched to
include other understandings.)
clarification I would like to add the following
scenario to ‘open out’ the reflection a little more
in a practical sense.
The individual who
requested this reflection enjoys being a Quokka
personality in that he suckles individuals in a
business sense; educating and training them until
they are capable of self-motivation and expertise.
However; he is currently in an environment where
helping others has become detrimental to him in a
variety of ways. Therefore, he now must investigate
the condition in which he finds himself in order to
ascertain whether or not his fundamental rule of
assisting others (in this scenario) is the exception
to an otherwise satisfying and workable rule.
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Please go away.
I don't want
to make a nuisance of myself; so please go away!
(I’m a little
shy; you know.
Well, I think
you know that…. Yes, I think you know that I’m a
little shy; so I’ll tell you some things About Aging Backwards
myself you may not know….
ahemmmm. Right; where shall I start?
Well, I think
I’ll start with my favourite things. Yes, that’s a
good place to start.
favourite things…. My favourite things….!
Well, I like
to feel cosy. Yes, that can be number 1. I like to
Do you? Do you
like to feel ‘cosy’? Yes? Good, that’s one thing we
have in common.
Now, number 2.
What is my number 2 favourite thing?
I know; I like
to have plenty of good things to eat. Do you? Yes?
Good; that’s 2 things that we have in common.
Now, number 3.
What’s third in my list of favourite things?
I know; I like
to take long walks. Yes, that’s right; I like to
take long walks. Do you? Yes? Maybe? No?
Well, we may
have to disagree on that one. But honestly; how many
things there ‘are’ that we both like to do, will
certainly outweigh the other side of the ledger.
So what is it you are saying?
the energy of likeness; a likeness between you and
me. We’re not so very different you see.
We both need
rest, food, shelter, clothing; well YOU need
We need to
feel loved. We need to feel needed. We need our
happiness to be taken care of.
happiness. We all need to take care of our
‘happiness’; who will if we don’t?
So, yes we
need to take care of our ‘happiness’.
So you see;
we’re not so different really. The bottom line is
‘the bottom line’ for each and every one of us.
No, we are not
so very different after all.)
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Imagine the scene
Bee Gees ~ Massachusetts…
The lights all went down in
Massachusetts. They bring me
back to …
one five-piece band; one microphone; one
Raccoon swooning into the mike.
A would be star; a
performer; a hopeless romantic!
And this is the adorable quality
of the Raccoon personality.
Yes, my friends, for those who
enjoy the antics of this active
nocturnal creature, we say:
Allow the love you feel for
life; yes indeed.
Allow the beauty of that which
you feel within to shine; that
is right, dear friend.
Allow all the loveliness inside
to be seen. For, dear heart,
yours is a love so deep, indeed.
Yours is a love so wide; all
could bathe in the light of your
Do we understand? Indeed we do.
Do we herald that which is
yours? Indeed we do, dear
Know that we know. Know that
others know; that is right, dear
Know that you are known for that
which lies within, and, do allow
your light to shine……..
upon a time, long, long ago, in the land of dreams,
there happened to be a need for something interesting to come his way.
It did, many times, but he
was so busy that he didn't notice it, and it went away!
(So what is the moral to this story? Look around
you, visit the unknown, pamper yourself with dreams
and their future.
What. What do you say? Yes, I agree with you it’s
hard to see the future however, if you don’t dream
what good’s a future? If you don’t take that jump
into life; what good’s a future? If you don’t crave
for something better; what good’s a future?
Yes, we cannot know what the future has in store for
us. No; this is certainly true. Does this mean that
we just sit About Aging Backwards doing nothing; thinking nothing;
being without a dream?
Yes? Do you really feel that way? Then I am sorry
for you my friend. I am sorry because to be without
a dream is to be in a very forlorn state; is it not?
Is it not a sense of destitution when we are without
a dream? Yes; indeed this is true. Without our own
private dream we are like ships wandering aimlessly
on a sea of aloneness.
Yes, my friend. Do you want to be alone? Yes. Well
this is what you shall have.
A dream; that is all it takes to be a part of the
“The whole?” I hear you say. Yes, that’s right; the
whole. And what is the whole? It is that which you
join when you have a dream. It is your birthright to
be a part of the whole of mankind. Not alone. Not
without a dream.
No, we do not wish this for you my friend. We want
to see you as one with the whole; enjoying your
dream; your independent dream; a dream that, if you
will allow, will take the rest of your life to
fulfill. That’s right.
And now; do you have a dream, my friend? Yes. That
is very good. Do you have a dream, my friend? No.
Well my dear friends; it would seem that the Red
Panda represents mankind’s individual need to have a
dream; a purpose; a goal towards which we can work.
Without a dream; a purpose; a goal, we are like
shifting sand; never quite stable; never quite
secure; never quite feeling the strength that we can
feel should we have a dream; a purpose; a goal
toward which to work.)
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don’t want to hurt anyone; really that’s not my way.
I haven’t a mean bone in my body; as
But you wouldn’t want to mess with me (when the chips are down) because I shall defend myself;
and I’ll wear the crown.
(Left on my own I am a delightful being; it is only
when I am ‘near’ others; in ‘sight’ of others; in
the ‘company' of others; in-between; around; amidst;
you get my drift; that ‘you’ need to watch your p’s
and q’s. Indeed.
This is not to say that I am mean; oh no, that isn’t
me. I am not mean; I am just ornery; that I am. Mean
and ornery are definitely two different energies;
wouldn’t you say?
Mean is an angry (not to be liked) energy. That it
is. Ornery is a beast of a different stature; indeed
this is so.
And this ‘ornery’ applies to me; indeed it does. And
what is ‘ornery’? It is a mixture of energy; a
mixture of many energies, indeed. Let me just look
it up in the Oxford dictionary…!
Ornery: bad tempered or difficult to deal with.
That’s what it said; bad tempered or difficult to
Well, perhaps this is true. Hmmmmm, bad tempered…..!
Hmmmmm. Yes, I’d say that this is true….. Hmmmmm.
Hmmmmm. Bad tempered….. Oh dear; do you know, I
believe that this isssss true. Oh dear; I have never
thought of it in this way. Bad tempered…..? Well,
you know, I do ‘let off steam’ very often; but then
it’s always somebody else’s fault. That’s right.
It’s always somebody else who makes me ‘have’ to
‘let off steam’. If it wasn’t for them then life
would be pretty darn good; I’d say. That’s right; it
is always somebody else’s fault. I wouldn’t have to
‘let off steam’ but for the actions of others; isn’t
Oh good; now I feel much better. I was beginning to
think….. no, it couldn’t be me…..!
…..And the other? What was the other term that the
Oxford (oh yes, it has to be the Oxford….!; is there
any other?) Where was I? Oh yes, the ‘other’
term…….. ‘Difficult to deal with’. Yes, that’s
right; it said ‘difficult to deal with’. Right. Let
me think this one through.
The Oxford (and therefore this is correct); the
Oxford said that ornery meant ‘difficult to deal
with’. Hmmmmm. Hmmmmm.
I am ‘something’ of importance. That’s it. I am
‘something of importance’ that needs to be dealt
Well, I haven’t really ever thought of myself as
‘important’; but if that is what the Oxford
dictionary says then I guess it must be true.
Yes my friends; the Rhino type can twist and meander
their way through life never quite seeing the
reality of themselves and how they ‘react’ to
others. Indeed they have ‘blinkers’ on most of the
time. They will convert almost any situation to
their advantage and; sorry to say; never quite see
themselves as they really are. A great shame;
because along with many of their virtues is the
ability to see others in a more genuine fashion.
Seems a contradiction. Yes, generally we see others
as ‘mirrors’ but not this individual. For the most
part the Rhino personality points one finger at you
quite clearly however, those pointing back at him
remain clouded with his false opinion of himself.)
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is my day, yes it is!
It is my day and I’m going to make the most of it…!
(This is ‘your’ day; are you going to make the most
of it? I certainly hope so.
Take a leaf from my book and let yourself crow…. Go
on…. Let yourself crow away into the day.
That’s right! Let yourself be heard this day. In
fact, let yourself be heard everyday of your life.
Why? You ask why!
Why not, my friend? Why not!!!)
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