Thankful During Times of Pain

“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person (pet)*. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer 

*Disclaimer: I added the word pet in the quote.

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Although the holiday season is meant as a reason for celebration, gathering, togetherness and happiness, a number of studies show that holidays are also times of increased stress, loneliness, and emotional struggle, especially for people who are alone, going through a difficult time, ill, or elderly.
For me personally, this year has been the most devastating of my life and the holidays only magnify my heartbreak. The person whom I loved, who was my only family here, has betrayed me, and after 11 years I find myself alone, unable to celebrate. Despite that, there is one soul I am eternally thankful for – my rescue dog Benny. I don’t know what I’d do without him. It really is true that we don’t rescue them, they rescue us. We might provide a safe home but they offer the kind of love and joy that can’t be measured or described in words.
They will bring a smile to your face when you feel like crying. They’ll cuddle with you when you need a hug. They’ll offer countless of kisses just in the moment when you thought there’s no love left in the world. They will reignite your playful side by sharing their favorite toys with you. Sure, they will take over your couch and bed, claim your lap as their own, make nose-prints on the windows in your car, make a nest out of your decorative pillows, but you won’t mind because you’ll see the unconditional love in their eyes, their desire to make you happy. They won’t just keep you warm while leaning against your back as you sleep, they will warm up your soul and make you feel alive. They will bring joy to your daily life and if you’re alone during the holidays, they’ll make them more bearable. So if you’re sad, hurt, lonely or heartbroken this holiday season, go to a nearby shelter and try to rescue a dog (or a cat…I love cats, too), if you can. You will be thankful you did. I know I am.
Love, Benny and Me
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