Monday, April 25, 2016

Our Furry Friends

Our Furry Friends
Pets are the most interesting companions. They make messes, they are work, vet bills can get expensive and they become a part of us. They are our friends and our companions. I think there is something we can learn from our relationships with our pets. Some of it good and some of it bad.

Online, I always know when someone gets a new pet. The pictures and the stories are everywhere and it is all they talk about. This new love in their lives. I always know when someone has lost a pet to the grave because they mourn the loss of the pet and they miss them. I do not, however, hear or see a lot of the in between. We want the world to know about this new friend in our lives and we want the world to know that we have lost this dear relationship, but we sometimes take the in between for granted when the relationship is no longer new. In the mourning that is apparent when the loss is spoken about. How much we would give for one more day that we could appreciate that which we did not. We are unsettled because of the daily moments we did not cherish and the moments we did not make the most of. 

The other thing that I see in our relationships with pets is how healthy they often are compared to our human relationships. The care of the needs is constant. We feel badly if we neglect them too long. We forgive quickly if they do something that upsets us. When we are down, instead of pushing them away, we draw them close to us to feel the contact of another being and speak to them to be heard. 

What would be different in our lives if we appreciated the moments when they are happening instead of late in life when we mourn loss? What would be different in our lives is we forgave more quickly? What would be different in the world if we all cared for one another more consistently and recognized when we were negligent? What would be different in our lives if we drew others close to us for comfort and support in hard times as opposed to choosing isolation?

There is a lot we can learn from the way we interact with our furry friends. 

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