This morning has been hectic and nerve-racking. Yuki, the white and black bun sister, wasn’t eating her breakfast. For a rabbit, refusing to eat is not a good sign so I went into watchful panic mode, silently begging her to nibble something. Then I ran out of hay and was dangerously close to running out of bunny greens. So off to Tractor Supply and the local grocery store I went.
When I returned an hour later, I was relieved to see Yuki sitting in the clean litter pan and eating hay like nothing was wrong. She’s digging into the fresh hay (which smells like a warm summer day) and hopping around looking for trouble. Who knows what the problem was? She won’t say.
I’ve been thinking of something that happened recently. It’s still on my mind though I try to forget as I deal with the residual emotions. The good news is that I am much happier now that it is over and done with. The lesson that I have learned is that, “For your own mental and emotional well-being, it’s a good thing to get rid of toxic people in your life.” (Note: This might not always be possible, though. So if you are struggling with this sort of situation yourself, evaluate your options and consider seeking outside help.)
There is a card from a local funeral home hanging on my refrigerator. The calendar on the back says “2006”. Wow! That seems like such a long time ago. Twelve years. My, how time does fly!
The card says, “BE KIND… for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. These are the words I live by. We are all struggling with living. Whether it’s physical or emotional, no one is 100%. It’s a side effect of being a complex organism. The key is to understand that other people struggle too. Their struggles might seem trivial to your own problems. But how can you know unless you are that person? You can’t.
In both stores this morning I went out of my way to be nice to everyone I met. It’s really not that difficult. A smile. A kind word. Thanking someone. And I am sincere when I do these things. I really do want that guy that got me the bale of timothy hay from the back of the store to know that I really appreciated it. I also really want the cashier at the grocery store to have a good day.
My point in all this rambling is that we must all be kinder to one another because everyone has their own problems in life. If you can offer to help or even just give a word of encouragement, every little bit helps us become kinder people.
And I really do mean it when I say:
Have an excellent day!