blessings

I believe the ultimate source of blessings is within us. A good motivation and honesty bring self-confidence, which attracts the trust and respect of others. Therefore the real source of blessings is in our own mind.

True Compassion

 “Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of

                    nature and its  beauty. “   -Albert Einstein

 

I am sometimes completely baffled by the things people say and believe.  Over the past couple weeks I have come across  people, animal advocates, telling me about their encounters with people stating that the work we do for animals we should be doing for people. Or people question if we would give the same effort for people.  I can only shake my head in wonder. First there is not a limit on true compassion…the more compassion we give the more it grows. Second we are interdependent ..the human species shares a home with all the other species on this amazing planet.  We are connected whether we want to admit it or not. It is our responsibility as part of the human species to care and protect in whatever way we can.  People can work for animal rights and human rights as well. One does not exclude the other.  I also support and work for women’s rights, which are human rights, protecting children from abuse and exploitation, protecting the environment, ending human trafficking and a variety of injustices I observe in my daily existence.  I do have a passion for animal rescue and I know it is because animals have been a tremendous gift in my life, helping me to heal, helping me to rediscover the love and compassion I have always had within myself.

The world needs more compassion for animals, for people, for the tress and plants, for the oceans, for all that we are connected to.  It is a strength to live a life of compassion. Love and compassion are human attributes just as hatred and indifference. Every day we have a choice in our daily interactions to either feed hatred and indifference  or choose kindness and compassion.  I don’t believe that we can have too much compassion in the world, if anything I think there is not enough.

Jen Donahue

 

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. “
-Francis of Assisi

capacity for love and tenderness

REJOICING GENERATES GOOD WILL
“The next time you go out in the world, you might try this practice: directing your attention to people—in their cars, on the sidewalk, talking on their cell phones—just wish for them all to be happy and well. Without knowing anything about them, they can become very real, by regarding each of them personally and rejoicing in the comforts and pleasures that come their way. Each of us has this soft spot: a capacity for love and tenderness. But if we don’t encourage it, we can get pretty stubborn about remaining sour.”
(From No Time To Lose by Pema Chödrön)

Life is too short

Perfectly said...

 

For Afghan Girl, Going To School Is Act Of Bravery

Afghan girls walk home from school in Kunduz province earlier this year. Despite progress in recent years, girls who want an education face threats from the Taliban and other extremists, and sometimes even their own families.

Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty ImagesAfghan girls walk home from school in Kunduz province earlier this year. Despite progress in recent years, girls who want an education face threats from the Taliban and other extremists, and sometimes even their own families.

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September 3, 2012

In Afghanistan, girls are required by law to go to school. However, many of them never do.

Death threats, acid attacks and bombings by Taliban militants and other extremists lead many parents who support female education to keep their daughters at home.

Sometimes, it’s the families themselves who stand in the way. School officials in conservative communities say relatives are often more interested in marrying off their daughters or sisters than in helping them get an education.

If it wasn’t a sin to commit suicide, I would. Life has become very bitter.

– Rahmaniya, an 18-year-old Afghan girl whose brother says he will kill her for attending school

But some girls, like 18-year-old Rahmaniya, are fighting back.

The 10th-grader in the southern city of Kandahar province says the moments she savors most in her life are those she spends learning.

Rahmaniya, whose last name is being withheld to protect her, says she didn’t dare go to school until her father passed away five years ago. He had vowed to disown her if she tried to get an education.

These days, the slight girl with big brown eyes dreams of going to college to study journalism.

But she adds that it’s hard to think about the future when her older brother keeps threatening to stab her to death with a knife he carries in his pocket.

“Several times he has beaten me up,” she says. “He tells me, ‘You go ahead and go to school, and I’ll throw acid on you like the Taliban. I’ll go to the Taliban, and they’ll protect me if I do this in this land of infidels where girls go to school.’ ”

Driven Into Hiding

Rahmaniya believes her brother’s anger is rooted in jealousy, since he quit school a long time ago.

Her family, like many in Kandahar, is also struggling to make ends meet, and the teen says her brother wants her to marry. In Afghanistan, dowries bring in a lot of cash for the bride’s family.

“But I don’t want to get married, at least not before I finish my studies,” Rahmaniya says.

Her brother’s insistence that she wed is something Rahmaniya says she uses against him.

She explains that when he threatens to blind or maim her, she reminds him that disfiguring her will make it impossible to find a husband.

Still, the threats and beatings have driven Rahmaniya into hiding. She moves every few days from one sympathetic relative’s house to another to avoid being found by her brother.

Societal Taboos, Taliban

Last week, her mother agreed to help plan her daughter’s escape to a women’s shelter in Kabul so she could continue her studies in safety.

The plan fell apart when Rahmaniya’s mother caved in to family pressure that her daughter marry a relative.

The mother says the man will allow Rahmaniya to attend school after they wed. But her daughter believes that’s a lie and refuses to marry the relative.

Saying she feels trapped, Rahmaniya begins to cry.

“If it wasn’t a sin to commit suicide, I would,” she says. “Life has become very bitter.”

Ehsanullah Ehsan, who is director of the Kandahar Institute of Modern Studies, where some 800 girls go to school, says Rahmaniya’s case is not unique. He adds that societal taboos are oftentimes as problematic for his students as the Taliban.

“There are many other threats … extremist threats, warlord threats, tribal lord threats, family honor threats, because still there are families in which education is an honor problem. So these women who are coming here, they are brave to come here for an education,” he says.

Ehsan says that bravery has translated into a brighter future for many young women; 300 of his graduates have gotten jobs in Kandahar.

But Rahmaniya says she doesn’t want to stay in Afghanistan.

She says she yearns to go abroad, but that she’s found no one who can help her.

Elder Dog in East Valley Shelter, LA, CA in need of hospice home

 

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“EV Elder Cocker” (she doesn’t have a name – A1339124 ) is in need of a hospice home…just someone to love her for a while!
She is a spayed female, black and white Cocker Spaniel mix, about 13 years old, and only about 13 lb.s! (unless she’s the tiniest cocker ever, this is WAY too thin!) Notes on her Blue Alert post: “Geriatric cocker with neurologic deficits to rear legs. In poor condition. Will hold thru review date but euth. if no IP.” She only went into the shelter on Aug. 28, and was put on Blue Alert on Aug. 30…but obviously, she is urgent. My concern is more about her dying alone and unloved.
She is at the East Valley shelter (L.A., CA 818-756-9323).

 

I’ve Created a New Blog-please check it out if you love animals or even just like them

About my new blog;

I created this blog to help save, heal, rescue and find forever homes for animals. I will post news stories that will ask readers to take action if they feel so inclined. I will post pictures of animals up for adoption. I will do my best to make sure the sites, organizations, rescues & shelters are legitimate and sincerely committed to the life and love of these animals. I would love to hear from readers that would also like to help save animals.

This is the second blog I’ve created. My first, Dipsintheroad.wordpress.com dips in the road  has been fun, an inspiration and evolution of my soul. It has been and continues to be a  journey that brings me back to my true self.  The love and concern I have for animals deserves a space of its own. 

 
 So I welcome my fellow animal lovers, activists and rescuers. The inspiration for this site comes from my own rescue pup Gracie, who with the love of others, escaped a high kill shelter in Arkansas.  She is my friend and soulmate. I am inspired by ://www.luckypuprescue.org  who brought Gracie to Maine. I am inspired by the thousands of people around the globe that are working, not giving up, to protect and save animals.  I am immensely inspired by David Hendrickson and his brothers at Hendrick Boards and A Loving Goodbye.
In Gratitude,
Jen Donahue

A Dog’s Life

I believe this is so very true:

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife, Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation.

He said, “People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The six-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”
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do not lose faith

‎”You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

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