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Peanut. A Life. A Lesson

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Lori, one of our Noble Strength family members, recently lost her dog, Peanut.  Although we know the pain associated with a loss like this, Lori shares some powerful lessons from Peanut that we can all appreciate.

On August 22 I had to say goodbye to by doxie, Peanut.  As family came to say goodbye, he gave a kiss and a wag of his tail.  He went very peacefully.  The vet said he was sicker than she thought but he hung in as long as he could out of love for his family.  As Joe has said, we can learn so much from animals.  Peanut’s love kept him with me as long as he could.  If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.  Love and miss you my little boy.

 

Lori Marszat

 

Daniel’s Dominion

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In Chapter 6 of the Book of Daniel, the named character makes his famous escape from the lion’s den.  Arguably the most miraculous saving of any individual, Daniel had a choice.  He could walk away and live his life to the fullest with no regard for others, or he could use this miracle survival to dedicate his life to helping others.  Daniel chose the latter.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+6&version=NIV

I am pretty sure most of us will not experience being thrown into a lion’s den anytime soon, or a gas chamber either for that matter.  However, we will “survive” some afflictions, quite possibly some of which are brought on by our own actions!  It is wise for us to stop when these life lessons happen to us and consider the words and actions of Daniel.

“He endures forever.”

Our immediate reaction when we “survive” something is a short-term view of life.  We may be thankful, take a deep breath and move on, which is all well and good.  However, Daniel tells us that this condition can help us define our life and keep our minds and hearts motivated on a long-lasting relationship with God and each other.

“His dominion will never end.”

Dominion is defined as supremacy to others, but with caring mixed in.  Our life can mirror this important concept.  Daniel, my buddy, still lives a life of fame, but he truly cares about others. However you decide to think why he does it, God inspired or partly his own doing, Daniel is a dog that loves every person he meets, but it does not stop there.  He really cares about those he meets, showing a loving personality at all times to all people.

“He performs signs and wonders.”

When there are those times that have occurred where we have survived something extreme, we may be kind to others for a while. I often think of how nice people were to each other for the weeks following the 9/11 tragedy.  Sadly, it was not sustained for long.  Daniel inspires us here in two ways.

First, he encourages us to make those actions a part of our daily life, consistent to all those we encounter.

Second, when we hear the words “signs and wonders” our mind can go to God-type actions, things beyond our abilities.  That is not the case!  We all know how a simple smile or act, like holding a door for someone, can send such a powerful sign.  Let Daniel’s survival, combined with your own, motivate you to these actions more often in our daily walk of life.

Daniel the Beagle sends a signature kiss and I offer my sincere thank you for being part of the Noble Strength Sanctuary.

Consistency: The road to peace (Part 2)

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Handling the very high moments:

 

When it is time to eat, Daniel races around the house at lightning speed showing how happy he is for this moment. Immediately after eating he comes back to earth and moderates his mood. This is an effective way to handle our high moments as well.   Often, when we have a high moment such as saving a dog or even a personal event, we tend to try and stay on that high. This usually results in a crash of sorts, and is not the best thing for our emotions.

 

This is especially the case when we have a low hit us right after a high. We know how common this is in the world of rescue. It can be compared to the pressure change in a plane. When the plane drops a little too rapidly, we feel how it can impact us. The steady decent is much better for us, especially our ears!

 

Instead we need to strive for the Daniel method of handling a high. Enjoy the moment, or two, and then bring yourself back to a middle of the road place.

 

 

Noble Strength actions:

 

  1. Identify a high that you have the pleasure of experiencing in the next day
  2. Immediately grab on to your emotions and don’t let them get too high
  3. Imagine Daniel flying a plane, and bring yourself down to a place of peace in a deliberate manner.

Consistency: The road to peace

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Consistency comes down to evaluating daily habits and making the good practices part of your routine no matter where you are or how you feel.

 

I admit that is a mouth full, so let’s take our time in this blog to break that down.

 

First, evaluate your daily habits. You may not even recognize that you do the same things every day.   As I started writing this blog, I realized a daily habit.  Every morning when I wake up I take my vitamins and drink a large glass of water before I do anything else.  It is obviously a good habit so I want to be consistent with it.  That being said, what we all need to do is walk through a typical day and see what we are doing on a daily basis.

 

Now onward to make the positive habits consistent.  I look at my dogs early in the morning. They eat with gusto and then immediately line up at the door to go outside.  They head out there with great enthusiasm…..well, they do when the weather is good!  That now becomes our charge. Pick up your enthusiasm in your internal feeling for all positive habits.

 

We saved the best for last!  On days when you are not feeling 100%, it is imperative to continue on with your good habits. The best example of this is a gym visit. It is so easy to say you do not feel up to it, and then you lose your consistency as well as your motivation.

 

Here we go with action items for some Noble Strength:

 

  1. Identify two daily habits that are very good
  2. Instill some happy thoughts into your mind while you are doing these daily habits
  3. On a day you are not 100%, press on, and then reward yourself with a small treat

Live to fullest

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Yes, the glass can be full, not only half full.

In the book, “The Secret”, a primary lesson is that you receive what you attract through your thoughts. This concept has been used in many motivational talks. I am in agreement with it, as I have seen it work, and not work, in my own life.

What I will do is add my passion which is how animals can inspire us.

In many talks, I have explained that I believe Daniel’s incredible positive attitude helped him survive the gas chamber. What is even more amazing is his consistency in carrying this 100% positive attitude into every day. He has been part of our family since 2011 and I have observed him diligently. Now I need to follow him! Of course, Daniel is not the only one who has this trait, just don’t tell him!

However, more animals carry this ball than humans. What is also important to note are the ripple effects. Like a stone dropped into the middle of a pond, ripples go out far and wide. Then when it reaches the shore the ripple comes back a little showing this is a reciprocal action. When you give out positive intentions, they come back to you. This is a spiritual gift to the world and should be noticed and appreciated more often.

Please share the animals you know who can add to this needed spiritual value. My thought is to put these stories on the news.