Christmas 2013 – I tend to get sappy and reflective at Christmas time. Then I make lists and create new file folders and plan for the coming year. So it’s just a given that I will do these things. But I also want to tell you how I feel about 2013 in relation to animals.
A Christmas Message
Exactly one year ago I had spent the previous 18 months reading about animal related issues and human behaviour and I was completely forlorn. I felt like a stranger amongst my own species and I knew that I only had two options. Leave social media or do something to try to make a difference. I really struggled with the decision but ultimately opted to toss my hat into the ring and get more involved. The outcome of that decision was – www.abeatingheart.ca – planned, designed and written in January – launched on February 14, 2013
This Is What I’ve Learned:
It is far better to get involved than to sit on the sidelines. There are so many amazing people who will help – you just have to ask.
For every horrific story that you read there is an equal and opposite heart warming story – you just need to remember to look for them.
The people who are involved with animal issues are incredibly fine, smart human beings with beautiful, kind hearts, unlimited energy, an incredibly strong moral compass and a collective and very naughty sense of humour.
People will share their stories, share your stories, make suggestions, sign dozens of petitions, send photographs, prop you up on a down day and be your biggest ally when you least expect it.
When I told my friend and fellow animal advocate Donna Koegl – that I wanted to start a second blog called I Hate Humans – she suggested that my time might be better spent on other endeavors. She was right and ABH Kids was launched!
Animals have an endless capacity to love and to forgive that makes humans look like neophytes in the realm of emotional maturity. They have a brave and fearless capacity for endurance, loyalty, dignity, family and love that makes me laugh at our assumption that “we” are the superior species.
In spite of all the human cruelty that is evident every day in our relationship with the animal world – I am confident in the groundswell of change I feel and the awakened consciousness that I see around the world.
I am forever grateful for the friendships I have made on social media and for the ongoing support and encouragement that you have shown me as I worked on creating awareness through my blog. I appreciate all of you more than you can ever know!
And finally may I extend to each of you my sincere wishes that your holidays are filled with light and love, family, sharing, hope for a brighter future and, of course, chocolate. Hug each other often and – your fur children even more this Christmas 2013.