A Man’s Best Friend

19 year old ‘Shep’ being cradled in his father, John’s arms last night in Lake Superior. Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he’s been by his side through many adventures


Kindness is not a temporary emotion. Kindness is not a transient state of being. Kindness is an outlook on the world. Not just how you perceive the world but also how you treat it and all with in it. Kindness is not sourly reserved for those you think treat you right; it is not something you treat only friends with. KINDNESS and compassion should be a standard upon which life is lived…. Sadly it is not. Everyone is fighting a battle, every day, Kindness is the only balm.
“Never mistake MY kindness for Weakness,” a phrase that is complete rubbish, and signs of a passive aggressive nature. That isn’t kindness its tolerance, and that mistake is insulting to both ideas… That is a mask that slips showing a real callous nature behind that Facade of Kindness. It shows the makings of a soul dragging around its own raincloud. It shows that this person doesn’t realize that they don’t understand the meaning of Kindness, or how to execute it. Real Kindness can never be mistaken for anything other than kindness. To a careful listener that phrase tells so much about the lips uttering those words. It tells the careful listener that the speaker does consider real kindness to be a weakness. If indeed someone does take advantage of your kindness it is no call to arms to become brutish, become embittered and batter the next person in need of kindness, it just means you were kind enough to help someone who needed it but didn’t know it yet…
Be wary of anyone who thinks they must prove that they can be tough and rebukes their kindnesses to prove they are not weak; a truly admirable soul is kind withstanding any cruelty. With that I fall back on the great words of a KIND woman….
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
— Mother Teresa
Everyone is fighting a battle, every day we all face different trials. Kindness is the only balm,whether it be to an animal or another human being. ~ JS