You never know what is around the corner. Will tomorrow be just another Monday or the start of something wonderful?
I would like to extend a huge thank you to JohnieSue, the owner and head of The Haven Zoo for letting me participate in her latest fundraiser to build a new goat barn. I especially appreciate her sending me photographs of our pals there, like Jim peeking out from behind a tree.
Today, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. First, it is Friday and that is always fantastic. Second, fundraising efforts to rebuild the shelter for the motley herd at The Haven Zoo has so-far been very successful! We are nearly to our goal of raising $700 USD. Today, wood has been delivered to the Haven that will be used to make the new shelter.
So, as it is a fantastic Friday for a fantastic fundraiser, I am asking on behalf of The Haven Zoo for donations of just five dollars (USD). Just a fiver for Friday will go a long way to making sure our pals at the Haven have a shelter to protect from the elements. Who else is feeling fantastic? Why the lovely Brownie of course, who is so happy, grateful and looking forward to her new shelter. Every donation is greatly appreciated, and you can still sponsor members of the herd like Brownie to help maintain their new shelter and make sure that they have regular veterinarian check-ups and delicious, nutritious foods. Have a wonderful Friday, and a massive thank you once again to the generous sponsors and donors to The Haven Zoo!
Seek out new opportunities, be ambitious and think big. You are capable of amazing things.
This week, challenge yourself to focus entirely on the present moment. Don’t lament the past, or worry about the future. Just live each day, each moment, completely in the now.
I usually like to post about hero goats who have been valiantly eating underbrush and growth to prevent wildfires. The science is clear that the increase in prevalence and intensity of wildfires in the western United States and in Australia are caused by the climate crisis and general warming of the planet. However, the climate crisis effects different regions in different ways. For example, over the summer the southeastern United States suffered a terrible drought. What does this have to do with goats? Our friend Otis from The Haven Zoo has been dealing with a zinc deficiency due to over-dried, nutrient lacking hay caused by the drought. For Otis, this means that he has lost some of his hair and has to see a veterinarian regularly to care for his skin. Sometimes it’s easy to think that the climate crisis only effects far away corners of the planet, but the same mechanisms that are causing the horrific wildfires are causing problems everywhere. I still believe that with the right collective energy, humanity and its animal friends can mitigate some of the worst effects. Small changes to your lifestyle can make a big impact, as well as supporting policy-makers committed to a greener future.
Although I often urge people to be kind, there are some unfortunate occasions where you simply cannot be responsible for someone else’s feelings. Be kind, but also remember that the only emotions you are responsible for are your own.
Be fearlessly and authentically you. Define your core values and remain true to those no matter what.
If you have read the news over the first week of the new decade, you may be feeling overwhelmed and potentially isolated. The headlines are dramatic and somewhat bleak; however, take hope. One of the reasons our species evolved to build cathedrals, send humans to the moon and eradicate deadly diseases is we came together to solve problems and create amazing things. Truly evolved humans don’t go it alone – if we act now we can make a better world for each other and the future.
Sometimes the road may seem difficult, but eventually once you arrive at your destination, the journey will be well worth it. Plus the best adventure stories never come from easy paths.
Tomorrow is the first day of the first full week of the new decade. Are you excited to return to your routine or dreading the first day back at work? Set an intention for compassion and kindness towards yourself and others and the rest will fall into place.