This week there were several stories posted online and on the news about how people came together to help an animal in need. One story was about this little boy who had a service dog that was dying and he created a Facebook page with his dog's bucket list. People from all over the world sent money and treats to this young fellow to help his dog in her final days. The boy and his family donated most of the stuff to the local shelter to help other dogs in need. Another story was about a group of people who got together to save a dog that was stuck on a cliff. Such beautiful tales of the love and compassion that complete strangers can have for animals, in these cases dogs, without regard for anything else except the well-being of those animals.
I am a dog lover. I think that they are awesome animals to have as pets, and if raised properly, they are fantastic companions. I am prefacing this with that statement because I want people to know that I do love animals. I also have a great respect for animals and I am keenly aware that they are animals and they have instinctual actions that may be contradictory to how we think they are supposed to behave. For example, my mother has this beautiful Rottweiler/Rhodesian Ridgeback dog, who is, I must say, the most passive dog I have ever had the pleasure to know. Although she is a very large dog, she is just super-gentle. A few weeks ago, she had surgery on her knee, and I attempted to take her outside to do her business. She didn’t want to go, and I could tell that she wasn’t very happy with my trying to take her out. Out of respect for her, I took her back in the house, and gave her a little space. She is well-behaved; she could have snapped at me, but she didn’t, she just gave me a sign, a small one, but I saw and obeyed her decision.
Here is a question: If we have so much compassion for animals, to go out of our way to save them, then why can we not have the same compassion for a person in need, broken and bruised, physically and mentally? Why are we so dismissive of these people as if we are better than them? They should have known better right? We are better than them right? We got our shit together, our problems are nothing like the problems that they have, god knows, we are so much better right?
If you think this way, that their problems are not your problems, then you're just as much a part of the problem because you are impeding the resolution. I am not saying that you have to run out and volunteer (although that would be extremely helpful) to help solve problems. I am just saying that you need to be actively partaking in your life and your life includes those people who are down and out. You never know how much of an effect that you have on someone until you start. You need to start. I say this over and over again, but the only way to make positive changes in your life is to live positively. Do not make assumptions about people, because most of the time, hey let’s face it, they are wrong. How many times have you said to yourself, "I didn’t think that person is like that/or likes that/or does that?" It is human nature; it is instinctual for us to sum people up from the first encounter. The first impression is the lasting one, it is the be-all an end-all. To that I call bullshit. People are not the sum of their first encounter. How many of us hold our cards back to make the best first encounter, to fit in, to feel accepted? I do it. I want people to like me and not judge me on certain facts about my life. It doesn’t matter though; the moment people ask me if I have any children, and I talk about my children, I always get the same disapproval look followed by "...you don’t look old enough to have a child that old..." Thanks for that captain obvious! I don’t blame them. I am sure that if I was in their shoes I would act the same way. I guess meeting a person who had a child at a young age is rare. Again, I call bullshit. People have been having babies at young ages since the dawn of human civilization, I am just, you could say, old school.
So now I come to the part that I absolutely enjoy talking about: love. Love is the great glue that holds people together when distances keep them apart. Whether the distance is loss, or whether it is physical distance or the real distance of misunderstanding, love holds it all together. It is the great conqueror.
Imagine if we all had a little more love and compassion for everyone, as well as some much-needed understanding. Imagine if you could show and share your knowledge with someone who, with that little piece of knowledge might finally have the piece of that puzzle that would move them to the next level in their lives. My daughter told me a story about last night (another reason I know she is going to be okay), about how a few people at this party she attended started talking and gossiping about another person who wasn’t, there. How did my child respond to this? She defended this person and disagreed with what they were saying, and for all the negative that they were saying, she countered with positive. You know what happens when enough positive counteracts negative? The positive will neutralize the negative. She was worried that they would think less of her, but I told her that she defended someone, and if nothing else she caused them to pause. I have always told my child that someone that likes to gossip about other people have low self-confidence and low self-esteem, and you should feel sad for them that they feel better about themselves by making others seem worse than them. How can I say this? I have been one of these people, who did the gossiping, so I am speaking from experience, nothing more nothing less.
So, let’s break the pattern, the pattern of dispassionate people who do not have love in their hearts. Let’s show them love, let’s show them compassion. I am not saying run around like an insane hugging machine and hug everyone that you see. I am saying look around and tell someone that you perhaps work with that you appreciate what they do, and that they are doing a good job. Recognize and see others. That is how you show compassion for your fellow people. Loving your family and friends is how you show love, because if you live in love and live with love in your heart, you will be love when dealing with other people. We cannot be anything else. Open your eyes and your heart, live happy, be happy. Compassion is love. Love is Happy. Happy Does It! It moves those slow cogs in your life into a different realm.
Happy Does It! :o)