Four Cows, Two Calves, and a Diva
From the desk of Kimberly McMahon, EdM, Certified Life Coach... In the December 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, Portia de Rossi wrote about a life-changing experience she had while on her newly purchased farm in California:
“…The property was beautiful, with plenty of land for our animals: We had four cows and two calves, and after a few months, we took in a 4-year-old Canadian Warmblood mare named Diva. That night she arrived, I was so worried about her that I couldn’t sleep. She had been hauled several hours to our farm, and I feared she might have colic. So at 5 o’clock in the morning, I went out to the pasture to keep an eye on her. I sat very still, watching her until sunrise. Everything was so quiet that I think the animals forgot I was there. Then I witnessed something extraordinary: The cows formed a single-file line, and one by one they touched noses with the new horse as a greeting. The calves wouldn’t approach on their own, so one of the cows nudged them forward. Each of the babies touched the horse’s nose, then jumped around and played like little children…”
Through their profound wisdom, sensitivity, and kindness, animals have much to teach us. What are you ready to learn from them?
Kimberly McMahon, EdM Certified Life Coach and Educator
Kimberly McMahon is a Certified Life Coach and Educator. She was trained in life coaching by Martha Beck, an internationally renowned life coach, New York Times bestselling author, and O, The Oprah Magazine columnist. Additionally, she has studied Positive Psychology under Tal Ben-Shahar, Adult Development under Robert Kegan, Mindfulness under Ellen Langer, and Contemplative Psychotherapy under Cheryl Giles at Harvard University. Kimberly’s life coaching is greatly influenced by these mentors’ teachings & theories as well as her years practicing and studying yoga.
Kimberly has been in the psychology and education fields for over ten years, studying, researching, and working in different capacities to guide both adolescents and adults in their individual life journeys, helping them discover and embark upon their best life.
Kimberly holds a master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a master’s degree in Education from Lesley University, both in Cambridge, MA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology, from Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.