Saturday, March 30, 2019

The People Connection (Curing the Post-graduation Blues Part 2)

Leaving North Dakota and going back to South Dakota was extremely difficult.  This was the place I had spent the darkest days of my life.  I wasn't interested in crawling back into a lightless tunnel of woe, pain, and disgust, but economics lead me to the doorstep of my former roommate- in South Dakota.

I seemed to be okay at first.  For months I filled out online job applications for positions all over the country with confidence and hopefulness.  As the days dragged on and my physical pain began overtake me, my activities began to changed.  Actions, such as filling out applications morphed into sitting and staring- either because I was too out of it, due to lack of sleep, or I didn't want to move due to pronounced pain. Almost everyone I knew had left town and my world become smaller and smaller.

Enter the rabbits.  Not a day goes by now that I don't speak to someone in the rabbit community.  My partner from work offered friendship to me, and I communicate daily with people in my rabbit Facebook groups.  In general, advocacy people are really great people to befriend.  They are friendly and patient.  They are kind, yet brave.  They are self-sacrificing.  They are heroes, and great people to have in your life.

However, there are exceptions.   When I first came back to town, I attempted to join a local group that helps humans.  What I got was incompetence, arrogance, and rudeness.  Dropping them from my life opened up a door that lead to some really wonderful people.  Preparing to bring rabbits into my life certainly seems to be the gift that keeps on giving.  As I continue to live on a steady stream of contentment, various aspects of my life continue to change in a positive way.  Sometimes, even just thinking about that brings me close to tears.  So here's to the rabbits and the people who strive to protect them.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Curing the Post-graduation Blues

In the winter of 2012, I packed up my stuff and I went up North to complete my education.  It was cold and dark, and at times I felt like I lived on "the edge of the earth."  Flying squirrels, cackling crows, hoots in the night, extreme cold, thick ice, and the cloudy, starless sky- the good and the bad of Northern life- they all seem so far away now.

Graduation from grad school was a wonderful time- full of hopes and dreams and joy.  With a 4.00 semester GPA,  a 4.00 overall GPA,  and golden recommendations, I knew I was on my way.  But then came the walkers, and the creams, and the oral medications, and the circular bandages, and the doctors, and the foot pads, and the infections, and the physical therapy, and the pain.  For over two years, my life was not my own.  And all my hopes and dreams melted away for the umpteenth time.

Enter the rabbits.  I started work on a volunteer basis for two rabbit rescues- each one over 1,200 miles away. Each job offered different opportunities.    Physical exercise strengthens my body.  Advocacy work strengthens my soul.  And now, weeks later, I look around and almost all the voids are gone.  How did that happen?  When did that happen?

Rabbit rescue work, fills me with feeling.  It is immensely rewarding.  It is humbling.  It is interesting.  It is joyful, and sometimes sad.  It is fantastic.  It is awesome. And, it is one of the greatest, truest things I've ever done in my life!

If things in your life aren't quite right and you find yourself searching for something, consider volunteering to help those in need- humans or animals.  Don't let distance stop you.  The phone and the Internet are wonderful implements that can get you where you need to go.  It's just a matter of connecting with flexible agencies and organizations.  And maybe one day, you too will look around, and will surprisingly find, your voids have been filled, your spirit has been nourished, and your soul has been strengthened!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Helping Rabbits in Need

It's amazing how two little creatures that I have not even met yet, have changed my life.  My credit score went up again.  I've entered a whole new community.  My love for reading non-fiction books is being nourished. My body is getting stronger through exercise.  My mind is focusing less on my disabilities.  I'm even finding different ways of dealing with the pain when it comes.   All of this is happening because I am prepping myself financially, intellectually, and emotionally to be a bunny mom!

My future bunnies have done so much for me.  I want to do more for them, and all bunnies.  Creating this blog and doing volunteer work doesn't seem to be enough for me.  I want to do more.

Many animal shelters and rescues have wish lists.  Some are listed on the right side of this blog, towards the bottom.  However, there are many, many more in existence. You can pick one from this blog, or search the shelters and rescues on the Internet.  Wish lists allow you to see the specific things that shelters and rescues need, such as blankets, food, toys, etc.  Tending to a wish list allows you to play Santa whenever you want!  There are many other ways to help, as well:

AmazonSmile has a program that will donate when you buy items from Amazon.  Amazon states that "AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you...The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases."  Now, 0.5% does not seem like much, but the more people that become involved, the more money will be donated.  Over time, things do add up.

Learn about AmazonSmile:  http://smile.amazon.com/about

Charities that are interested in receiving donations through AmazonSmile should visit https://org.amazon.com/ to learn more.

Helping rabbits and others in need can be as simple as using an Internet search engine.  Goodsearch, helps a variety of people and animals.  When you use the Goodsearch search engine, money is donated to a charity that you pick.  Again, the amount is very small, but don't let that discourage you.  Great things happen when tiny strides of progress are combined.  If you want to help rabbits through Goodsearch, you can choose for Special Bunny (an agency that helps bunnies with disabilities and non-disabled rabbits) to receive donations when you search the Internet.

Goodsearch:  https://www.goodsearch.org

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Sources:
1) Amazon, About AmazonSmile
2) Goodsearch
3) Special Bunny