Sometimes I am deeply moved by the unspeakable suffering that goes on in this world. None of us escape being heart wounded. If you take the time to talk at a depth with anyone they have experienced suffering and may even be deeply heart broken in a way you had no idea about right now. I have noticed that when any of us reach this understanding we can no longer, at least in that moment, feel sorry for ourselves. We are able to be a little more humorous, loving and compassionate. We are able to overcome our critical orientation to others and ourselves. We are able to love in a much more expansive way that goes beyond our family, our group of friends, our neighborhood, our nation.
The woman who initially stepped forward and said, "I will do what it takes to save Benny," had her birthday on Tuesday this week. She spent her birthday rescuing a dog named Batgirl (she had been hit with a bat as well as enduring many other abusive behaviors by humans). This woman is Cindy Marabito of Reunion Rescue. I rescued my beautiful dog Raven through Reunion rescue.
As Einstein suggested in his later years we are all connected to each other, the humans and the non-humans. Let us widen our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures.
Here is a photo of compassion, our hero Doug and Benny asleep together:
Wishing you all the beauty of giving and receiving compassion,