want to know what the very hardest part of doing responsible rescue is?
Alison · Oct. 27, 2006
it is the self imposed constraints on ones behavior. sometimes i want to be rude, and sometimes i want to be unkind, and sometimes i want to throw a fit and not be the least bit understanding or nice....oh wait...maybe this isn't just related to rescue, maybe it is true of alot of other endeavors too....ok, so do you want to know what is the very hardest part of doing responsible anything is? it is all of the above. it is the inability to let loose, go to town and have a free for all postal moment (or two) and scream your frustration to the skies.
but, it is not just about self imposed constraints...it is about self discipline, and self evaluation and self insight, and self regulating the way you want to live your life. and since it is all about self...then the rest of the world shouldn't matter and i need to try to remember that.
i was thinking today that honor is slowly disappearing. i grew up with the stories of sir walter scott, charles dickens and classic heros like robin hood, zorro, the lone ranger, and the scarlet pimpernel. i learned in kindergarten that very first and famous quote.."i cannot tell a lie, twas i who chopped down the cherry tree" and i grew up with real life heros like gandhi and martin luther king...where is their like now? my father when i was child away at camp, sent me a cassette tape of him reading me the gettysburg address and abraham lincoln became one of my forever hero's.
where is the magic of a world that fathered these kind of men? and women with utter courage too like florence nightengale and anne frank and amelia erhart? where the heck are they in this day and age and how come generations that follow did not pick up their shining glow and carry on?
i think it is because we expect less of ourselves than we do of others. and i guess that is why i am tied up in knots today, because i expect others to be better than me. i better stop doing that right now cuz that is kind of stupid when you think about it.
the animals teach me, when i choose to listen...not to make judgements, just to live your life honestly, the best way that you can. to be grateful for kindness, to keep your eye on the happy bouncing ball and to share a cookie whenever you can...maybe as an adult, i found different hero's. less complicated, more real, and certainly easier to follow. i guess that is ok too.
wow jean, what a great post...i never thought about the frustration part of what keyes said...that may very well be why our society is so apathetic...i will have to tell my daughter this because this was her question for me last week (that 17 page survey that i was too apathetic to fill out!)
i have that ordinary people are hero's poster up in the barn...we should move that inside so when people cpome here to do good things they can read about themselves.