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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Something Positive


     Recently a reader, of The Fact of The Matter, pointed out that much of what they read on this site is negative.  Unfortunately, exposing corruption, scandal, cronyism, mismanagement, and wasteful spending will often cast a negative light on issues that some don't want exposed..
     TFoTM will honor one of it's New Year's resolutions.  The following was received this morning and is above and beyond worthy of posting here at The Fact of The Matter.

     If you have ever owned a dog, you will relate to this story even more.

(from a 6-year-old).
Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on.
Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter
than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,
 

''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.


Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home,
always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity
to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.
Take naps.
Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and
let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Be loyal.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried,
dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

 

-- There comes a time in life,
when you walk away from all the drama
and people who create it.
You surround yourself with people who
make you laugh, forget the bad,
and focus on the good.
So, love the people who treat you right.
Think good thoughts
for the ones who don't.
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Falling down is part of LIFE.
Getting back up is LIVING...
Have a great life!





2 comments:

  1. Inner Strength:
    If you can start the day without caffeine,
    If you can get going without pep pills,
    If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches & pains,
    If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,
    If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
    If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
    If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of yours, something goes wrong,
    If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
    If you can ignore a friends limited education and never correct
    him/her,
    If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
    If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
    If you can conquer tension without medical help,
    If you can relax without liquor,
    If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
    If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no
    prejudice against creed, color, religion, politics, or class
    Then, my friend, you are probably the family dog.

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  2. Good stuff Kasko. You're becoming more human.

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