Patience is one of the many things humanity is learning these days of pandemic-inspired challenges. Unless, that is, you choose impatience instead, and all the residual effects of that choice. I think impatience is a result of having the wrong goal in mind, or not recognizing that it is right in front of you, patiently waiting for you to recognize it. The “it” for me was connection.
When I first arrived here at Second Chance I’d had some bad experiences with being treated poorly that led me to lose faith in humanity and in the desire to connect. I was pretty committed to that mindset and didn’t have much interest in being around masked people that I was being “subjected” to against my will. Yes, they were only trying to help me, but I wanted to be left alone to live my life on my terms.
But the staff and volunteers here at Second Chance are extremely patient and through their patience I became less afraid of what they wanted from me, which was just to relax into my fun-loving self. That was uncomfortable for me in the beginning but I quickly learned, through their patience with my initial reactivity, that I could let go of my fear. I didn’t need it any longer.
It feels really great as I go forward in my life with less fear. I have not been able to fully banish it, but very few beings have succeeded in that anyway. That is why I like to watch old episodes of Kung Fu, where Master Po teaches “Grasshopper” so many important lessons, like how to see without using your eyes.
These days I am learning that without fear blocking my vision that I can see more clearly. I not only easily make friends with the dogs here at Second Chance but now also with the patient people. People still make me nervous a bit but once you have earned my trust that ease shows up there as well.
Do you have a pet who is your Master Po at “testing” your patience? Do you get frustrated because your pet doesn’t always do things the way you want? Maybe your dog takes too long to get his business done on your brisk morning walk? How do you respond? With impatience or with appreciation for giving you a moment to just be outside?
Does your cat pester you while you are working at your desk, demanding attention? Do you scoot her away or do you take an affection break? Listen to us, your teachers, with patience and love and you will be richly rewarded.
All that said, if you are interested in adopting me you will need to be one of those patient types of people, not the instant gratification type. If you want an instant connection with me I am not your girl but if you are willing to be a little bit patient I guarantee your patience will be soon rewarded.
By the way my name is Aurora, a 1 year young Shepherd mix with a love for swimming, hiking and playing Kung Fu with my dog friends. By requiring patience I teach patience, which we all need more of these days. Call today to meet your Master Po.
Fear is the only Darkness – Master Po
Second Chance Humane Society’s Animal Resource Center and Thrift Shops have been servicing San Miguel, Ouray & Montrose Counties for over 26 years. Call 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about our Emergency Response, Community Medical, Spay/Neuter, Volunteer, or other services. View our shelter pets and services online: www.adoptmountainpets.org.