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Ten Keys to Staying Positive When Facing Animal Abuse

Green Lifestyle  (tags: Sustainable Activism, Dr. Will Tuttle, Animal Advocates, Activists, Animal Abuse, protection, Staying Positive, Well Being, Peace, Support, meditation, connections )

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Sustainable Activism Webinar: Dr. Will Tuttle, author of "The World Peace Diet" shares techniques for animal advocates to stay positive, happy, and effective while working to stop the animal abuse that we witness every day.


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Sara P (54)
Friday July 31, 2015, 1:58 pm
Thanks Annete, a sweet thought in this hard moment

Solitary Eagle (324)
Friday July 31, 2015, 2:09 pm
Thank you Annette.

Ruhee B (73)
Friday July 31, 2015, 5:17 pm
Noted - thank you Annette

Jana DiCarlo (45)
Friday July 31, 2015, 7:48 pm
thx for this.

I really struggled with it the first year. I don't want to say I am hardened to it now, but in a way I suppose i have learned to temporarily distance myself. If I had not developed this strategy, I could not go on. And for the sake of helping animals I want to go on.

It was very very hard at first, I could not sleep nights.

Annette M (45)
Friday July 31, 2015, 10:19 pm
Thank you for your comment Jana. I struggle too, with tears at times, but feel compelled to continue reading, sharing to make a difference. There should be a support group for all of us who care so deeply!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 12:24 am
I gotta admit it's tough to see what we see everyday. Sometimes i have nightmares. thx Annette

Lawrence D (3)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 5:49 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 5:56 am
Equally important to our own life

Patrick Donovan (344)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 6:13 am
My experience has shown me this poem's truth - in the end it is worth it.

The neglect changes you.
The abuse hardens you.
The suffering breaks you.
The ignorance angers you.
The indifference disturbs you.
The injustice destroys you.

On a daily basis…your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded....
Your soul will be altered.

On a weekly basis…you’ll question yourself.
You’ll question your strength.
You’ll question the world.

On a monthly basis…you’ll fall down.
You’ll get up.
You’ll go on…

On a yearly basis…you’ll look back…
You’ll see faces…
You couldn’t save them.
You’ll learn to mourn.
To grieve.
To sob.
You’ll learn to trust a little less.
To do a little more.
To fight a little harder.
You’ll learn to try.
To hope.
To pray.
You’ll learn to fail.
To succeed.
To accept.
You’ll learn when to hold on.
When to give up.
When to let go.
You’ll learn who you are.
What you stand for.
Why that matters.

Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter.
You’ll question what you’re doing.
You’ll wonder if it’s worth it.

But…here’s the good news… When you forget…
When you question…
When you wonder…
All you have to do…
Is take a look around…
And you’ll see them.

You’ll see their faces.
You’ll see their smiles.
You’ll feel their love.

In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys…
You’ll remember their beginnings…
You’ll know how far they’ve come…
You’ll remember when they didn’t know you…
When they didn’t trust you…
When they’d given up.

You’ll remember how you healed them…
How you loved them…
How they loved you, too.
And as you look back…
You’ll want to move forward…
For them… and because of them.

In your darkest hours, you’ll look around…
To find the differences made…the hope given…and the lives saved…
Because you existed.
In those moments, when you look into their eyes…every doubt will be erased.
Every question will be answered.
Every worry will subside.
Because in that instant…in each of your hearts…
You both share the very same thought: “Every bit of pain was worth it…for this moment here with you.”
And honestly…no matter what else happens…
Those moments hold all the strength you need…
To keep going.

Rescue is pain.
Rescue is joy.
Rescue is worth it…because they are worth it.
And that’s the honest truth.

~ Ashley Owen Hill

Roberto M (88)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 8:05 am
this is a very important article

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 11:17 am
Petition Signed!! Thank you!

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 11:53 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 1:13 pm
Thank you

Maggie D (69)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 2:07 pm
Thank you, Annette, for letting me know about this webinar. As a volunteer for Colorado Beagle Rescue and supporter of the Beagle Freedom Project I have difficult days. And, Patrick Donovan, thank you for sharing a poem that I will copy and paste for those difficult days.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 2:21 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Janet B (0)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 5:51 pm

Winn A (179)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 6:16 pm
Thanks Annette

Annette M (45)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 7:26 pm
Patrick Donovan
The poem is absolutely beautiful! It moves me to tears! It really says it All! I want to share it with Dr Tuttle. It's so powerful and just a perfect addition to this Article! Thank you so much for sharing this!!! I will treasure it forever! Blessings,

Annette M (45)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 7:30 pm
Thank you everyone for all your wonderful comments! I love this Community! You are all such valuable people! Stars all around!

Gloria H (88)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 8:19 pm
Sorry, I have no problem with hating evil people. I can "understand" their misguided motives, their ignorance, etc...but I still want to see them burst into flames.

David B (34)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 8:25 pm
Thank You Annette for the post . and you also Patrick for sharing the awesome poem .

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 12:57 am
Thank you Annette
@Patrick : thank you for posting the poem.

Roslyn McBride (34)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 2:15 am
Noted, personally I have to "switch off" when reading about animal abuse cases.

Colette Dodds (31)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 4:29 am

Ruth C (87)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 8:56 am
Great poem Patrick.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 10:48 am

Patrick Donovan (344)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 6:30 pm
I don't remember where on the Web I first saw Ashley Owen Hill's poem. However, it graces my C2 profile, I've shared in on Facebook and I have put a copy on my cell phone for those days when it gets hard.

Kamia T (89)
Monday August 3, 2015, 5:34 pm
Some day you win -- like rescuing another lovely animal that deserves it. Some days you lose - like just losing one of my rescue pups to GDV. I'm convinced that the more your heart breaks, the bigger it can expand, if you'll let it. Just hard to go through.

Danuta W (1251)
Tuesday August 4, 2015, 2:59 pm

Linda M (1715)
Sunday December 27, 2015, 8:45 am
They won't be saved until we stop overpopulation. It is not possible to save all the animals. We need mandatory s/n in major cities AT LEAST. Pay for the poor, bring them in, explain the benefits, etc., etc., but seeing puppies and kittens is like a kick in the heart. Rescue/transport = and then ten times the number fall through the cracks. We need to stop the CYCLE. Another 14,000 shelter killings today, and another 14,000 tomorrow. NOTHING in place to stop this horror.
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