A Thought On New Year’s Day 2017

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I can be pretty opinionated, blunt, and have a good ability to speak my mind…but I can also be sensitive, full of emotion and heartsick.

We see a lot of awful things in rescue. Animals that are in distress or dire straits…not through any fault of their own, but due to humans who fail them.

I am not getting on a soapbox today regarding lack of care or the sub humans who do things to animals that the rest of us cannot tolerate. You know me and know how I feel about those things.

What I want to say today, is that around this time of year, we all make resolutions,… we all want to be better in some aspect….. we quit smoking, we vow to lose weight, we are going to exercise….etc, etc.

But…..what if we all just did one simple thing that would help everyone… four legged, two legged, winged, feathered, hooved, whatever.

Be kind.


Don’t be kind to be honored…

Don’t be kind to be seen.

Be kind because it is the right thing to do.

I get overwhelmed with emotion when I see a stranger who helps another stranger or another living being……when they didn’t have to..no one would have known if they did or didn’t…..but they chose kindness. They chose to help.

Ten or fifteen times this week, I have read an account or heard an account of someone helping someone …animal, child, adult….

they took an old dog in for the night, they bought a meal, they gave a coat, they stopped an attack, they provided security, they dislodged plastic from a fin of a turtle, they paid an electric bill for an old person, they gave a ride, they asked a question, they swallowed their pride…they were humans in their finest minutes….. wonderful acts of kindness for those in unfortunate circumstances.

Please make 2017 the year of Kindness.

Look for an opportunity.

Do it and feel grateful for the opportunity.

Do it and mean it.

Encourage your children to do the same.

What if we raised a generation of kind beings?

what if?

Practice love.