17 October

Notebook: On Being Calm, From Fanny, A Donkey

by Jon Katz

Meditations of a donkey on being calm:

There are those of us who are able to go about their lives unfettered and untroubled by worry and fear. Our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished brothers and sisters and friends.  Our task is to live through this day and then another day, and another day after that. We have no use or need for the troubles of the outer world. There is nothing for it but to try and see through our days to the end, as best we can,  for unless we do so, we will be permitted no calm and no peace.”

Lulu, donkey, Bedlam Farm.


  1. Donkeys are presently being used to calm down a lot of the front line medical personnel in Spain. there is a lot to be said of the calmness and feeling the reassurance of having the warmth of another entity-animal or human-near you, that’s what matters.

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