Please welcome David Ellis to #BeReal.
Embracing Your Animal Instincts, Choose Love, Not Fear
OK, so here it is – the real me. Uncut, cut loose and out on the streets.
(Don’t you dare call the police – I’ll be good, I promise!)
For all of my sins, I’m a writer.
I’m a crazy cat lady.
And I’m also a crazy dog lady.
Let me be frank – I adore pets. And for me, that’s about as real as it gets. Just ask anybody who knows me on Facebook!
Making people laugh is one of my pet passions (along with puns – is it that obvious?)
Humor is terrific motivational medicine for the soul (and unlike actual medicine does not require a spoon full of sugar to make it go down).
I believe in being an inspirational beacon to others and to help them overcome problems and issues that they encounter in their lives. Animals help me to do this. No, really they do! Trust me on this. Allow me to explain. Pull up a chair and get comfortable.
Got some liquid refreshment? Put your feet up? Cleaned the gunk out from between your toes? Good, here we go!
Animals have a very real way of sharing their adoration and emotions. They are unencumbered by human traits of self-conscious fear, anxiety, hate, self-loathing or other negative emotions that often tangle us up in knots, affecting us to the point of self-defeat and endless procrastination. We’re a complicated species and it is refreshing to be able to observe how simple things are in the animal kingdom and how we can learn from them.
To me it is a very clear, raw and beautiful phenomenon, animals are completely not afraid to display their feelings in the way that they carry and express themselves. It’s something that I try to tap into when writing fearlessly because it is an honest reminder of how we should treat others as peers and equals if we too want to be treated with mutual warmth, endearment and respect.
I write poetry to inspire others in their daily lives. When I first started writing poetry, I was trying to make sense of the things that often don’t make sense in life. I wanted to embody all of the things that I felt at the time and to create a map to help us find a path out of the darkness that we inevitably face at key points in our lives. I’ve quickly realized that the poetry that I write and identify with the most is inspirational, philosophical and/or romantic in nature. By expressing how I am feeling in a given situation, I can quickly identify and empathize with others. As a consequence of this, I offer advice by encompassing aspects of kindness, strength, support and compassion.
To be real to me is to be generous and to share as much as you can, to display kindness and affection in everything that you do and to collaborate with like-minded individuals to help make the world a better and more enjoyable place for us all.
Let me tell you a story of what keeps things real for me and keeps me focused every day.
My father contracted bacterial meningitis that made him blind several years ago. He is also deaf in one ear, partially deaf in the other and has bad balance. We honestly thought he was going to die from his illness. He was hooked up to machines to help him to breathe but he fought his way back from the brink to be with us.
He has never let his afflictions stop him from being himself and creating great art. It is because of this that he is and will always be my greatest inspiration and my number one reason to succeed and to finish anything that I put my mind to. His animals instincts have kicked in and kept him going through thick and thin. He has chosen love over fear to be his anchor.
We are all going to have to bear terrible burdens in our lives and we can either chose to let them drag us down or we can anchor ourselves, make peace with the loss/heartache/sorrow the situation has caused and then move on, more determined than ever to make progress and put the past behind us.
Animals do not let fear hold them back when it comes to making decisions with their lives, they act with purpose and are therefore our best teachers, empathizers and role models.
I’ll leave you with a quote that Jim Carrey once said that has been my mantra for a very long time now.
Never be afraid to express your love for the people that mean the most to you and never be afraid to tap into your own animal instincts.
Take the steps you need to achieve your dreams, they are closer than you think.
Arthur Ellis – Blind Artist – www.blindartist.co.uk
David Ellis – TooFullToWrite – www.toofulltowrite.com
David Ellis is a Word Magician and Contemporary Poet. He is an author of poetry and humorous Short Stories. Indiana Jones is his spirit animal.