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Gratitude for Max

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 16 June 2017 in Animal & Insect.

The Buddha said, "All life is suffering." And he said that the source of that suffering is attachment. Attachment has the power to destroy even the strongest of us. Life does not owe us anything. Life is a sheer gift. And we should receive and live it as fully and as passionately as possible. My life-long mentor, Zorba, said, "Life is trouble! To be alive is to undo your belt and look for trouble!" However, we do not own the gift of life. It is not ours to possess. And we cannot control it no matter how hard we try. There are times when as painful as it can be, we must release the gifts that life has bestowed upon us. We must turn them over to the Universe, to all that is sacred and holy. As we choose to let go, as we mourn our losses, if we are open, we will find that life offers to us the seeds of healing and of in time moving joyfully and even passionately into the future. With all of my heart and mind and soul, I believe that Life is always, always more powerful than death.

On the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany, after World War II, this was found written,

"I believe in the Sun
even when it is not shining
I believe in Love
even when I feel it not
I believe in God
even when He is silent"

(I thank my wonderful friend, Jim Magruder, for the photograph.)

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/1000 second F/8.0 ISO 800 235 mm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

That is such a sweet photo of you and Max. We can see the love between you two. I remember when he came into your life and always loved seeing photos of him. I almost felt like I knew him too, through you.

16 Jun 2017 1:09pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The gift of pure joy.

16 Jun 2017 6:22pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

adorable

17 Jun 2017 6:57am