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In the Year 2020..., Special Tails
- Kindness Can Touch This!
About Kindness Can Touch This!
The loss of our daily routines as we knew them, and the threat of more serious casualties to come from COVID-19, has put a serious emotional strain on all of us. It should not be a surprise that our pets are serving as our companions, helping many of us cope with the day-to-day rituals. This is from kitties taking over “office” chairs and keyboards, to rural dogs hunkering down at home.
We also think that everyone could probably really use a hug right now. I know I could. But the grim joke of this horrible new reality we’re in is that just when we need a healing touch the most, we’re forced to make do with virtual happy hours, phone calls, texting, and multitudinous other apps to reach out and ‘touch’ one another. We do need to keep gabbing, video-chatting and texting people to let them know we love them and that we care. It makes a huge difference to others and to you.
But mostly, speaking for myself, I’m making it through because I have my cats. None of them seems to mind too much when I clutch them like sentient teddy bears and they always notice when I need them and manage to be there for me.
We don’t know what the future holds or how many of us are keeping it as together as we can right now — but we do know that for most of us, having a cat (or other pet) really does help. When we get a cat we might think we want to receive affection and love, however I have found the truth is that we want and need to give kindness and the gift we offer is returned unconditionally.
My point? Adopt! Foster! Get yourself a kitty, or any kind of sentient creature, that relies on you! Why? Because even if you’re in the throes of a mind-numbing depression, or you are sniffing your spice jars to make sure you don’t have COVID-19, you have to take care of your kitty. It really feels good to be kind, and take care of others! Based on my experience it’s really hard to get too far into the existential dread doldrums when you have a cat bringing you toys, head butting you, following you around or just lying in your lap purring and cuddling. A cat showing you….kindness.
Kindness is the ability to communicate with love, listen with patience, and act with compassion. Ahhh yes, kindness; What a simple way to tell another that there really is love to be found in the world.
Donate. Volunteer. Foster. Adopt.
They really need your kindness. Or maybe we just really need them…