Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Acts of Kindness are Generally Received Well

I lied. I have not been able to completely trust my Higher Power's plan for the dog who lives across the street.

On a walk recently, I couldn't help but notice he seemed sad. And then I couldn't stop thinking about him for the rest of the day, and even into the next day. Since we're being honest, I guess you could say I'm having trouble with my Higher Power's plan for the dog. Meanwhile, I know there are many dogs, people and other creatures out there who have it much worse than this one. And sometimes when I have that thought, I feel strong and I pray. And other times I have that thought, I don't feel strong and again, I pray.

The way it hit me the other day, I had to do more than pray. I took a big chewy bone with me to the mailbox to get my mail. When it seemed like nobody was looking, I threw the treat into the dog's yard, as close as I could get it to him. Turns out, as close as I could get it to him wasn't good enough; the bone landed about 2 feet away from where the dog could reach with his mouth, since he's tied up with a chain. My heart pounding, I walked up the dog's driveway, the dog barking fiercely, and I used my mail to pick up the bone and toss it a little closer to him. Happily, he snagged it, stopped barking, and I scurried away.

When I got to my car, I heard a man yelling and I turned around to see it was the dog's person. "What were you doing in my yard?" he shouted. "I was giving your dog a treat," I said. "Oh, okay," he shrugged and turned away. "Thank goodness," I thought. Acts of kindness are generally received well.

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