These past 30 days have been pretty pivotal in my professional life and for my nonprofit group Central Georgia CARES because I no longer work with the local municipal animal shelter. What a difference a month can make! It has been quite eventful, chock-full of unexpected decisions and interesting twists and turns.
Some decisions I helped make, and some of the twists and turns I simply observed with amazement. Although I cant explain most of the events of the past month because I dont really understand them myself, I can tell you this: CARES and I have been game-changers for homeless animals for years, and that role will continue in a magnificently greater capacity.
You see, some incredible opportunities have presented themselves for CARES and me to help animals in significant ways without regard to geographic boundaries. So we are busy preparing our plans and new direction that will benefit orphaned animals, address systemic animal issues that exist in cities and bring hope and solutions to communities interested in improving conditions for their animals.
But there have been so many valuable lessons CARES and I have learned through the experiences of the past month. And I learned a new word -- resilience. I learned Im definitely resilient, and Im pretty impressed with myself because of it.
I wanted to share the reflections and discoveries with you so maybe you can benefit from them as well. You just never know when our trials and tribulations may actually bless someone else.
Ive learned that life is full of surprises and unforeseen challenges that at first may seem like obstacles but actually turn out to be priceless gifts. Ive learned that through great adversity comes tremendous strength.
Ive learned that, no matter the consequences, some things like beliefs and principles should never be compromised. And Ive discovered in honoring your convictions, you will find not only incredible self-respect but the respect and support of scores of others.
Ive learned that some experiences in life can completely change the direction in which you were heading. And Ive found that the unanticipated detour can reveal the beautiful scenery of an enchanted journey you wouldnt have otherwise taken.
Ive learned that difficult circumstances do not define who you are or limit what you may become. You define who you are and what your purpose in life may be. And you give wings to your dreams that no one can ever take away from you.
Ive learned that while injustice may be prevalent, that shouldnt alter your ability to love and forgive, even if others have hurt you. A sweet pardoning spirit restores goodness, kindness and understanding in your own soul.
Yes, these lessons learned came at a price. But it was a price we were willing to pay.
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