Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened ~ Anatole France.
I don’t recollect when my obsession for animals began. I do remember being extremely fond of them from an early age in life. I remember being in the sixth grade, and getting punished by a teacher for harboring a cat in my desk and feeding it out of my lunch box. I remember telling my parents I don’t want any siblings, and to get me a puppy instead. The crazy obsession for animals also stemmed from being an only child, and looking towards pets for comfort and companionship.
Animals are wonderful, wonderful creatures. Pets provide me with a sense of fulfillment and unconditional love in a way no other human can provide. The joy of having a dog run up to you, tail wagging and ears flapping as you return from a dreary day at work is immense. The calm and peace of a purring cat on your lap, even when you’re fighting demons inside is undescribable.
Feeding an animal, caring for it, and providing it with a little love is the best way to make this world a better place, in my opinion. That animal could be a stray on the street, or living in a shelter, or a pet at home. We are blessed being the most superior of God’s creations, and caring for an animal is one of the most noble deeds we can do. And that animal – dog, cat, horse, bird – will remain eternally grateful to you.
Play with a street dog once, and the next time he’ll come running up to you, sniffing you out, wagging his tail. Feed a cat once, and the next time she sees you, she’ll run between your legs, mewing at you. Animals don’t forget so easily, they remember. They may not be able to speak to us, but they communicate that they are grateful in return. And caring for and feeding the animals is my small attempt at leaving a mark in this world, and being remembered.
I’d like to be remembered not as someone who was immensely rich, or extremely popular, or very successful. I’d like to be remembered as someone who made this world a tiny bit better, by helping those who may not be able to help themselves. Which is what this exactly what this beautiful video created by Seagram’s 100 Pipers Premium Scotch Whisky attempts to tell us – Being Remembered For Good. I really love how this commercial inspires people to look beyond individual success, and in turn give back to the world in whatever little way they can, enabling them to be remembered for good.