One of my favorite places to look for inexpensive books is Daedalus Books. As you will recall I am contemplating adding chickens to the mix of backyard critters next year (see post of 3/9/14) and toward that end picked up the book, the Way of the Hen, Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens by Clea Danaan from Daedalus.
In the first few pages I found this passage: "In the midst of cell phones that connect to the Internet and cars that tell us where to go, fifty-hour work-weeks and three-hour lines at the airport, we long just to sit on a hill and feed grass to a chicken... Our true nature is to slow down. Sit. Watch the clouds. Chickens, in their simple scratches and pecks, call us back to our true nature."
That struck a strong chord with me. That's exactly what my sweet donkeys give to me. A re-connection with my true nature. When I let them. When I'm not angry at having to push a wheelbarrow through the slush or getting exasperated with Luigi's penchant for blocking my way on the narrow snow paths. When I stop and listen to the soft munching of hay and feel their gentle nibbles on my hand. That's when I reconnect. And that's how they help me slow down, look up at the sky and enjoy.