My kids are amazing. They each have unique gifts and skills, and they always have something to teach me. Lately, however, our new guinea pig has a lot to teach them. Yes, the guinea pig, not me, has some lessons for them.
At least three of our kids are HSPs – Highly Sensitive Persons – a term coined by author, Elaine Aron. This means a lot of things, but one is a large swing of emotional highs and lows. The guinea pig brings intense joy (so excited to have a pet), and intense anguish (it doesn’t like me, when can I pet it, I want to feed it…etc).
My wife and I have been working with our kids for years to help them manage their intense feelings in a healthy way. By day two in our house, the guinea pig was doing a way better job.
The guinea pig senses the seismic waves of energy that travel through our house far better than Nicole and I. He starts shaking and darting to and fro when the energy field is wrong. When we’re calm, he’s calm.
The guinea pig is a great mirror from which to reflect our true emotional state. In other words, we can’t hide our feelings saying, “I’m fine, I’m calm, I’m calm.” The guinea pig knows. He always knows. The lesson of course is now our kids, who desperately want the rodent to come to them, have to practice calm energy.
Now this may seem a correlation stretch, but bear with me. I liken the whole thing to Jesus before the high priests. They were firing accusatory questions at him and he answered honestly – no embellishment, just the plain truth.
Here’s what we’re told:
Meanwhile, the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. “I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”
When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.
“If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.
Why did they strike him? Jesus reflected their true emotional states – he exposed their hearts for what they were. They didn’t like the truth. Few do.
Thanks for reading,
~ Ted Olson