Shoud We Just Shut Up?
We’ve read so many beautiful stories about folks and their pets. So often, the love that went missing or might have never been what was really needed from a spouse, a child, sibling or just a good friend was discovered in a pet. How does this happen? We say a dog is a man’s or woman’s best friend. Why would a dog or a cat or a parrot or iguana or any creature with any number of legs, with or without wings be a better companion than a loving, caring, compassionate human being? A guy told me “That freakin cat is her first love. I’m next, I think”. We say a pet’s love might be unconditional yet our loved ones might work even harder to do everything in their power to make our lives better. They might love us, excuse us, ignore our faults (though some of us may have no faults).Too bad, the cocker poodle gets more appreciation. Maybe it’s a communication thing. Except for the parrot, none of these creatures talk and the parrot only repeats what it hears from talking creatures; probably people and who knows what people might say. Maybe it’s body language. Do iguanas raise their eyebrows when they are surprised or disagree with what we say? Does Puppy frown at us? Does Kitty drop its jaw in awe when we say something really stupid? Certainly, as smart as they may be, they never say something disappointing, disrespectful or flat out dumb. People do; not always intentionally. Usually, most folks try to offer nice replies to others. When one is hurting others usually attempt to offer comfort. Sometimes, one might be hurting so deeply there are just no words to offer comfort. One of the biggest mistakes is the, “I know how you feel” offering, “I feel your pain” or just “I feel yah” can cause replies like “NO YOU DON”T”. And they are so right. Our pain is ours alone. No matter how similar our experience might be to anyone else’s no one knows what we feel and how we feel it.
I’m not sure I’m getting anywhere with this. Spot! Here Spot! C’mear little guy. I need some love.