Throughout my life there have been events that changed my thinking, my life and my goals. Before I entered the world of adoption, some of the most emotional events were:
* Experiencing a 7.6 earthquake in Taiwan (and seeing the destruction)
* Observing a child with RAD
* Seeing children living in a cardboard houses on the side of the street
I couldn't possibly discuss all the events AFTER our adoption. To say that I went through a journey of emotions and realizations is an understatement. But I'm not about to talk about all those hurdles. I only bring up these events because each time, someone needed help (Rescue) and each time, it was difficult to know what to do! So, I've been thinking a lot about the word "Rescue". It is a word that has stayed relatively true to itself (unlike charity, donation or rights).
Dictionary.com defines RESCUE as:
to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil
Then if you look at the underlying emotional meaning....
* Confinement - that causes misery, depression, starvation, abuse or neglect
* Violence - that which hurts physically OR mentally
* Danger - that which causes fear and prevents happiness, growth, ability to love, etc.
* Evil - Which can come in ANY form whether it is the person/entity who has caused the above OR a person claiming to rescue!
Rescue is not an easy accomplishment. You won't be 100% successful and only a handful will appreciate your failed attempts. Moreover, you will have to deal with "guidelines", "procedures" and a hierarchy of people who can't (or won't) help you.
75% of the time, you will be criticized for the choices you make and questioned about your process. There will be plenty of folks to offer their commentary and quick to solicit praise JUST for criticizing your attempts.
The true heroes of rescue don't ask for praise or recognition and they often need support and a good pep talk to make it through the week. They get tired and grumpy and frustrated! The true heroes of rescue have to deal with a marathon of needs/rescues. They are on duty fulltime and rarely get enough sleep or rest. Sometimes, they burn out and have to leave the task to others...and sometimes, they must leave because it is just too much to juggle.
TODAY, I want to say THANK YOU to all those heroes of Rescue who donate their time to help others! I also want to encourage everyone to take some time and support your favorite "rescue" organization this week. Whether it is a small donation or words of support, you can help rescue a Rescuer!!
...And for my little bit of Easter Fun, I'll introduce you to the newest member of our family, Cocoa who was RESCUED from a high-kill shelter in GA. He has had to overcome fear and anxiety in the last month. He was a mess when we first brought him home, but our Rescuer helped with lots of advice, a little dog whispering and lots of support. So, I want to personally thank Vicki for all that she does to save animals.
For my salute to The Dog Liberator Rescue...here is Cocoa Bunny.
VOTE FOR HIM and if we win, we are donating the supplies to TDL to help them with expenses of taking care of these furry friends.
Posted by Kelly at April 3, 2012 06:38 PM