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Thanking Outside The Box

Thanking Outside The Box

Where did 2010 go? I used to laugh when my mother told me time goes faster as we get older. I don’t laugh anymore! Seems like yesterday that I was enjoying the 90 degree weather, and now I’m getting ready for Thanksgiving.

As we think about everything we have to be thankful for this holiday, I wonder if we can thank outside the box. Can we be thankful for the hardships in our lives, and recognize them as gateways to healing?

Every situation has a positive and negative nature – nothing is without this duality. Instead of resisting our difficulties, we can choose to face the emotions surrounding them. In doing so, we begin the journey to the root cause of the problem. Most of us believe the emotion is created because of the problem, but it is the problem that is created because of the emotion.

Have you ever felt like you’ve lived a scenario over and over? It’s because you have. Life’s challenges repeat until we are able to see their origin and find peace with it. The pattern is broken once the root is exposed, and life becomes easier and more fulfilling.

I recently spoke with a young lady about her dog’s behavior. He was anxious and aggressive around other animals, and she was embarrassed to take him to her veterinarian. I asked her to think of her dog as a teacher, and look at what else she is embarrassed about. I knew this feeling was important, because it was what her dog’s behavior was triggering. She gave me a nod and I knew my point was taken. I hope she can accept the gift her dog is giving her – a chance to face difficulties in her life instead of resisting them.

So this Thanksgiving, I give thanks for many things, and realize that the negative situations hold precious clues to what joyfully is to come. And of course I am thankful for the obvious – family, friends, my cat Vinny is approaching his 19th birthday, Buddy is happy as can be, and Baron von Love Bug Wagner (aka Lovey) has officially joined our family.

Please share what you are grateful for this holiday.

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Susan Wagner

Dr. Susan Wagner is a board certified veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the bioenergetic interaction between people and animals. She is an advocate for change in the area of interpersonal violence and animal cruelty, and works toward a greater understanding surrounding the health implications of the human-animal bond. Dr. Wagner is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Veterinary College, a Level IV Healing Touch for Animals practitioner and co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear.


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1:16AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Thank you :)

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7:32AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

good way to show attitude transformation

2:10PM PST on Nov 22, 2012


2:15AM PST on Dec 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:23PM PST on Nov 23, 2011

Thanksgiving brings us all to review what we have to be thankful for ... how 'bout this unexpected twist which I have come to remember each year.

I was once told by a homeless person at a shelter where they were feeding all who had come a Thanksgiving meal. He said he was thankful for this place, its warmth, a friendly face and a full meal. Then he offered a wish that folks could realize they get hungry levery day just like everyone, that without this place, until they get back on their feet, many would just give up or die off. (All were not single persons either, there were women with children who had fallen on hard times, for whatever reason, and came seeking some much needed help.)

Given the plight of others, we really are the lucky ones.

How could you not rethink ... and maybe involve yourself in some small way ... with those less fortunate.

11:41AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

I am thankful that my husband and I have jobs which enables us to help others...

9:05PM PST on Nov 14, 2011

Thanks for his.

5:28PM PDT on Apr 6, 2011

Great, thanks for the post.

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