The end of this week hasn’t gone at all like I expected or hoped, and I’m finding myself a little short on time and words. I admit, the events of Las Vegas have weighed heavy on my heart, and I’ve been trying to think of what it is exactly that I want to say about it all. I think at it’s most basic level though, what I’d like to tell you is that we can all be heroes.
There is much disagreement right now about guns and their control, about racism in our society, about bullying, about the haves and have nots, over healthcare and even over animal welfare. Finding something that people disagree about is as easy as opening your mouth and saying the sky is blue sometimes. What amazes me, though, is that most of the people don’t realize how much we’re all alike. I think we’re more alike than we are different. On top of that, I fear that we’re forgetting common courtesy and just how to be kind to each other.
I feel incredibly lucky that I’ve found ways to volunteer and help people that include my love for dogs. It’s been amazing to me how people from all different walks of life and experiences respond to my dogs. I’ve seen young children as well as senior citizens break out in smiles at the sight of my dogs. Seeing young people learn how to train and have a deeper connection with their own dogs has also taught me a lot. A lot of people have told me they don’t know how we do what we do and I find myself surprised that more people don’t do some of the things that we do.
The truth of the matter is that you don’t have to do something like that to make a difference for people or other animals, though. You can hold a door, offer a smile, wait at a crosswalk, let someone merge into traffic, say thank you to a store employee or fast food server or offer up any of a thousand little courteous gestures. Sometimes that’s all it takes to be someone’s hero for the day.