|RIP to our dear Fitz|
And when you get a year where the personal and business sides aren't so great, then.... reflections help put it all into perspective.
My parents always taught me to smile - every day - no matter how you may be feeling inside, or what the outside world may throw at you. So I do smile - every day. Don't our pets do that to? Whenever you see them, aren't they always smiling at you? Happy to see you? Doesn't that make you feel better?
My parents also taught me to take deep breaths, and face challenges that life may give you. After all, the challenges I face can no way compare to the challenges that they had faced in their youth, or the tragedies that others have or are facing. Our pets also have to face challenges now that they never had to - all of the things of our modern lives - the things that take us away from them, like the computer games and the hard working families that barely have enough time for each other, let alone the family pets.
As a veterinarian, I, like many of my colleagues have had an emotional ride - sometimes it is "Woo Hoo - how exciting - we have helped your pet make a full recovery".... to the lows of saying goodbye to old friends. As Russell Vale Animal Clinic is in its fifteenth year of business, sadly, this year leans towards saying goodbye for many of my beloved pets. And so, reflections allow perspective.
I keep an album of all of the beautiful cards of thanks I have received over the years... they include
|Dr Liz (me) with Tegan, and an abandoned kitten - now known|
as Patches and in a loving home - One of our "wins" this year!
"Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough.
We have a higher mission--to be of service to them wherever they require it."Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 - 1226)
The core of what we are at Russell Vale Animal Clinic is to be "of service" to our animal friends whenever they require it, with kindness and compassion.
It is this thought I hold close to my heart during my reflections. Have we been true to ourselves this year? Have I and my family been of service to our animal and human friends? And if we have, then it is a good year. And upon reflection, that is all anyone can ever ask of themselves - to be true to oneself.
It is easy to look at the superficial things of business success (the awards and prizes) and business failure (the old beat up car, house needing repairs, and lack of money in the bank account) - and find that the balance sways from side to side, with the equally sway up and down of the emotions (success/failure). It is easy to feel despondent about life not being fair, or go the way you had planned it to go, or to be angry at those who attack you.
But it is with love, truth, compassion and kindness which makes a family and a life, and in developing this, our lives are enriched.
As you reflect upon this year, remember to be kind to yourself and to others. If you have been true to yourself, then it has been good year, irrespective of what has happened around you and to you.
I am Dr Liz, and on behalf of all of us at Russell Vale Animal Clinic, we wish you and yours a safe and Meowy Christmas, and hope you all have a Barking Great New Year!