Gratitude Month: I am thankful for the people who contributed to the Walk to Save Animals

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What a great way to start the weekend! We raised nearly $1000 for the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA! But our fun didn’t end there. We took a 3-plus mile walk on a sunny day in Tempe, Arizona around Tempe Town Lake with hundreds (thousands?) of others interested in raising money for this excellent no-kill animal shelter. Plus, we got to see lots and lots of adorable dogs! Life doesn’t get much better than that.

For all that fun and goodness, I want to thank the people who sponsored us on this walk! Because of you, our team of three brought in a boatload of cash for an excellent cause. All the money goes toward all the upkeep it takes for caring for rescued animals: medical expenses, building maintenance, food, supplies, you name it! It’s not cheap to keep the animals safe and healthy, but you all DID IT!…

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Perfection found in the love of a rescue dog

Perfection comes in all shapes and sizes. For me it comes in the form of a rescue dog.

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I am learning that mutual love is the most healing kind of love.

My spiritual director once caught me in the act of putting myself down for something, some inadequacy, some imperfection I had started digging at to get rid of. She asked me to imagine a baby bird sitting in a nest in my hands. She asked me to look at that baby bird and tell her what I saw.

“A baby bird,” was my response, but it wasn’t the answer to the question she was really asking.

“Is the bird imperfect?” she asked. “Is there something wrong with it?”

“No,” I replied. “Of course there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s a baby bird.”

“Then how come a baby bird can be born so perfectly the way it should be, but you can’t?”

I have sat with this image and embraced its lesson whenever I discover that I am…

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