Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sometimes we're just lucky

Daniel a stray beagle mix shouldn't be with us today,but he survived his appointment with death. In Alabama, after walking out of a gas chamber unscathed he now has a second chance to do what dogs do. A non profit -Eleventh Hour Rescue  group arranged to have the dog flown to N.J. And if  they're really lucky a family will find him waiting for them. This dog "has got to have some destiny" so said a rescue volunteer.

Sometimes computer failures can be blessings in disguise. As it was for this beagle when a carbon monoxide chamber failed to euthanize him.
Can you imagine Daniel walking out of the chamber wagging his tail and picking up his leg as if to say ....?

I pray that Daniel will meet a child, hold their eyes and fall in love. Daniel will finally have a home, fill a child's heart and run and play in a yard. While taking deep breaths of God's purest air. The child can only be blessed with the love of him and form a lasting bond until he has fulfilled his calling.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Who will tell ?

" Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing, or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies ? "

Erich Fromm

Sunday, October 2, 2011

When did you last say I love you ?

A recent event started me thinking about all the stressful "stuff " going on in life for just about everyone I know. Busy days and nights of great anxiety rob them of the opportunity to spend the quantity and quality of time that they would like to with their children and spouses. The struggle to stay afloat and adapt to unexpected change is all consuming. Society and it's unrest has impacted the stability of the constants that keep us grounded and validate one's value to another.

I am in favor of the established routines that used to be part of family life. Mornings, although hectic included the last rush out of the door and the all important quick goodbye kiss and the words "have a good day."

Family life is at its best when dinner together is possible. When the good and the bad is shared at the table. Even when there are unexpected small uprisings,so too are the shared prideful accomplishments of each child  and parent. Today's family meals are often absent through no fault of their own.

Parents must find other opportunities to spend time with one another. A trip for ice cream together, or even one to one time with each child.  An impromptu pizza party becomes a major event for family bonding.

Stolen moments and impulsive get aways, for an occasional long weekend is essential to reinforce couples commintments to each other. Creative ways to be together need not be expensive. For it's the time together, that is worth its weight in gold.

There is always time to hug your child, parent or spouse. It takes less then two minutes to focus on someone and make sure they know how much they are loved and how important they are to you.

Ask a child  these words " Do you know who loves you ? "  Every child  should smile and be able to tell you. And so should you. 

Don't miss the chance to say " I love you" to someone today.