People have the power to make your heart soar like a rocket ship headed straight into great expectations, but they can also be the sole thing that crushes you like a disguarded peanut shell on a dirty bar room floor.
Someone I had never met contacted me for help yesterday regarding a woman and her beloved dog. The woman is currently homeless but will not give up her dog to the shelter knowing the reality of his fate, she can not fathom betraying her best friend, her lifeline, her everything. She can’t stay in a shelter because they will not allow her to bring him along. Not helpful.
They sleep in the cold huddled together in blankets surrounded by brick, concrete and the uncertainly of what the night may hold. It was simple really someone without judging made the decision to not look away and walk on by without acknowledging that someone needed help. A woman and her dog needed someone, anyone to notice, to ask, and to offer a little help. We are so quick to judge (drug addict), so quick to assume (get a job like the rest of us) and I am just as guilty as anyone of dismissing (stop looking for a handout) the people I see on the streets as stereotypes selecting a reason from the standard list we would like to think paints an accurate picture of people. Not helpful.
Today a few folks made a big difference in a woman’s life. A huge thank you to Richard who rallied the troops and thanks to a group of people who pitched in, our new friend was able to get meds for her dog “Lucky” (thank you to my rock star vet connection and staff!) She is getting help from a woman’s abuse shelter and there is a safe place for Lucky to be while she gets on her feet again with the hope they will be reunited soon. Tonight it is snowing and colder than it has been all winter, I can’t imagine spending the night out in the bitter cold. Have our efforts changed the world? In the eyes of one woman who loves her dog, I would say yes.
My lens of life is changing, my priorities are shifting and the insignificant world of day in and day out daily daytime worries are slowing losing the fight for my need to do more and observe less. It’s time to stand and deliver.
Deadlines, timelines, goals, budgets…they all matter less and less….plus we never make them anyway. Not helpful.
“Use your time wisely. Every moment produce beautiful thoughts, loving, kindness, forgiveness. Say beautiful things, inspire, forgive, act physically to protect and help.”
Thich Nhat Hanh