Quote of the week

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

-Abraham Lincoln

If I’m to be honest, this is probably one of my favorite quotes of all time. It’s amazing how a little change in perspective can change the entire meaning. I won’t lie, I can be quite pessimistic at times but I do genuinely believe the optimists have a better time going through life. But even pessimists can be optimists, so if you’re a pessimist, just don’t call yourself that. Instead, say you’re a realist and that makes it look like the optimists are exaggerating the situation, cause sometimes you have to be down to Earth and truth be told, there are still thorns no matter what way you look at it! There must be balance, you can’t have beauty without a little danger. Have a great week and thanks for reading!

Quote of the week

“A man has to learn that he cannot command things, but that he can command himself; that he cannot coerce the wills of others, but that he can mold and master his own will: and things serve him who serves Truth; people seek guidance of him who is master of himself.”
– James Allen

This is such a truthful quote. The only certainty in life is ourselves. When we try to control the world around us we lose control and find ourselves plunged into the chaos we set about escaping from. Just be yourself and don’t fear others judgement of you. If you let others dictate how you act, then you truly will have never lived. Hope this quote was inspirational and I hope your weeks go well!

Why Animals are more than “just” Animals

First and foremost, we are all animals, as much as we humans like to think we’re above evolution. Just because we have opposable thumbs and can build what our minds create doesn’t mean we’re smarter than any other animal. So why bring this up, why is this a big issue? Well, this last year my dog of 15 years (since 1st grade through Junior year of college) passed away and that got me thinking. “Why am I so upset, he was simply a pet, one that I can replace”. And then I realized, one of the most meaningful relationships in my life was not with people but rather my dog. So why then, when I talk about him, I refer more often than not that my dog was an “it”, a “thing”. I sometimes call babies an “it” but I never call an adult an “it” because it’s condescending and makes a person equal to an object (objects are “its”, not people). So why then, is a relationship with a pet any different? It’s not.

Yet we as humans, as people, with our infinite knowledge and wisdom refer to our companions, best friends as being lesser than us, which is messed up. We constantly talk down to our dogs, yelling at them when we’re angry, punishing them when they’re bad (instead of rewarding them when they’re good), and treating them as though they don’t have personalities, as if they don’t have brains. If we did this to our kids, we’d be called terrible parents yet it’s perfectly acceptable for owners to treat their dogs this way? Our dogs, that die to protect us, are there when we have no one else to comfort us, and create some of our fondest memories are nothing more valuable than a smartphone, something we can replace? Do we replace people? No, as much as we try. Yes dogs live shorter lives than people and we eventually need to move on, but it makes you wonder why exactly you’re getting a new dog. Honestly there is nothing more beautiful than a man or woman who has synergy with his or her dog as I feel there is a deep connection that is just as intimate as a relationship with a person. Thanks for reading!

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