Often I tell people about the calming spirit alpaca share. When I talk to applicants about alpaca, I brag that ‘if I were to work anywhere, it would be here.’ When guests take our tours I am proud to share the unique qualities that are so different than any other animal – and yes, as an animal lover I enjoy them all. My underlying message is that with alpaca, the calm, peaceful environment is so beautiful that it is energizing. Today I had the wonderful experience to live what I believe when I took the time to look up from my chores. They are ‘chores’ in the sense of the word chores, but to me they are the time to be able to think about any and everything while doing what we do well – caring for alpaca! Often it is a time when I’m thinking about the past or future instead of relishing the present. Today, rather than focusing on getting the work done, I watched each alpaca (and of course the elegant Simon, the llama) follow the other to the pasture as the sun was rising. Their gracefulness is something we can’t always share with our guests because the ‘Alpaca Experience’ is a time when everyone wants to be close and personal to the alpaca. Alpaca aren’t terribly graceful looking when they are trying to get treats while trying to avoid close encounters. Of course the alpaca love the guests because that means special attention is coming. Being able to observe them as they made their venture to the pasture and graze while capturing their silhouette on the dewy grass was energizing. Beautiful. Calm. Peaceful. Words nor the photo can express their gentle nature and the feelings that are generated just by taking a moment to look up and enjoy.
“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” — Mother Teresa