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The class of life....

Monday, December 01, 2014

The older I get the more I realize that I don't know much. No not about papers and tests but about life. And life has a way of giving you "ah ha!" moments when you least expect them wether it is the passing of your parents or your dog, or changes in your job or lifestyle. For all of the complaining that I did about some difficult people at work it only just now made me realize that they too have difficulties in their life. I guess we all act out as we deal with the cards that life deals us. The great religious traditions tell us to forgive our neighbor and to forgive ourselves. I am not religious but there is so much wisdom in that notion. So much of the time now I realize that I was not being very kind or forgiving of people. Only when I realized that they might be having it rough too did I step back and understand why they might be "acting out". And now I realize that sometimes I "act out". So now I try not go get caught up in the craziness and keep my 2 cents to myself. Too often has my jumping to conclusions made matters worse for me and others. Life has a way giving us these "hard times" as gifts of teaching. Inevitable gifts that we can be greatfull for in helping us to see reality more clearly. Keith

  
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ARMATTHAEI 12/5/2014 3:03PM

    Congratulations on coming to such a wonderful conclusion.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/1/2014 2:12PM

    Definitely words of wisdom!!! Happy December, Keith.

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FELINEBETTER 12/1/2014 8:35AM

    Your self-reflection is very wise! Sadly, we all tend to learn so much more through the painful times of our lives. I think you have touched upon thoughts that many of us have, but never really stop to ponder until we are suffering ourselves. I have to agree with you too on the more I learn, the more I realize how little I know! Without a doubt - with Dot's passing your life has changed forever -- but it's much more than her absence in your daily life. You are and will get past this, but you and your life have been changed forever.

P.S. I'm sure Dot is now jimmying locks in the sky with a smile! emoticon

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IOEINC 12/1/2014 6:23AM

    Much wisdom in your blog!!! Not getting caught up in someone else's craziness is a smart decision. Sometimes people are having a difficulty in their life and they lash out because of their anger or frustration. And I have found that there are some people who are just plain mean and get off on being disruptive and abusive without having difficulties in life. It is just who they are and refusing to rise to their level sometimes takes a lot of holding one's temper but in the end, when they find a person is not going to indulge them, they leave that person alone. My time is valuable and I won't waste on getting sucked into anyone's craziness or meanness.

Hope your new insights work for you!!!

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TENNISJIM 12/1/2014 6:09AM

    So true. Well said. Thank you for sharing your observations.

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Thank you so much....

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thank you so much....I really appreciate your kind words of support. I have always had a dog for the last 30 years. Many times I would take for granted the comfort and companionship that they brought me. The house is very quiet now with just the cat. I miss my dog snoring while I typed at the computer. I was far from perfect in taking care of my dogs. But I never gave up on them no matter what they did. When I choose to adopt them in my mind I made a commitment to keep them through thick or thin. Often my brother would tell me to take the dog to the pound because of the damage they did. But I wouldn't, I couldn't. I saw the deal through to the end. I see the passing of Dot as a major milestone in my life. A beacon of the change that I need to make. It will take all of the strength I have not to get another dog to replace her but that would not be fair to the dog or me. I know that Dot is the last dog I will ever have. I guess I will just have to borrow my brother's dog from time to time. Thank you again. Keith

  
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1CRAZYDOG 11/30/2014 1:31PM

    (((HUGS)))) When you're ready, you'll adopt again!

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FELINEBETTER 11/30/2014 6:57AM

    I'm with MaryJoanna -- Never say never!

That beautiful companionship you describe goes both ways.

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GHOSTFLAMES 11/30/2014 5:42AM

    We through the years have saved 5 and they were all the best dog anyone could ever want. The last dying just this past august so we took in 2 a brother and sister what a handful.lol
But so darn cute and wouldn't change it for anything.
Man's best friend for sure.

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MARYJOANNA 11/30/2014 5:36AM

  Never say never.

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One day at a time.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Boy i didn't think the death of dog would be so hard. One day at a time. Keith

  
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GOLDENRODFARM 11/30/2014 5:23AM

    It is very hard to lose a beloved pet, they become part of the family and in many instances are the only family for a lot of people. I lost my Chocolate Lab a couple of years ago and still miss him acutely, but I know with working 12 hour night shifts I really can't get a puppy or new dog now. Dogs come with a lot of responsibility but with a lot of unconditional love too, it is sad that they have such a short life span compared to people. I am sorry you have to go through this, it is the price of loving sometimes, hope you treasure the good memories and find some solace in them.


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IOEINC 11/29/2014 1:48PM

    So sorry to hear about your beloved pet. emoticon It is so very difficult but one day at a time. You have lovely memories of her and always remember how very much she loved you for being you!!! I have a 13.5 year old shepherd mix who is starting to feel his age and it breaks my heart to think the end is near. We rescued him 5 years ago when he was 8 and he has been my constant companion from Day 1. He has a wonderful life with us but if he ever starts to suffer, I will do the same thing as much as it will break my heart to do it. I will never let him suffer. AND as much as I don't think I can do it, I will be there with him at the endif we have to do it.

Knowing you, your Dot had a truly wonderful life with you!!!

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PHARM_TECH14 11/29/2014 12:05PM

    loosing a pet can be devastating, they become family, like having another child...we lost 3 a few years back, still can't bring ourselves to get another one because we still grieve for our lost pets. prayers for peace and comfort.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/29/2014 11:34AM

    Yes. HOpe you're doing well. My best to you.

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FELINEBETTER 11/29/2014 7:04AM

    That's exactly it -- "one day at at a time." Some days, you'll feel much stronger than others. For me, the death of your pet can be MUCH worse than losing some of our human friends. Dot was was your baby and you may have shared more with her than you did friends or relatives. Our pets also love us unconditionally and that makes it all that much harder for us when the time comes that we have to let go. Give yourself all the time you need. emoticon emoticon

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TENNISJIM 11/29/2014 6:43AM

    Great quote and reminder. Thank you for sharing it.

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ROX525 11/29/2014 6:33AM

    The death of my 10 year old German Shepherd last year was very traumatic. I loved her like a child. Time will heal.

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GHOSTFLAMES 11/29/2014 5:15AM

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Still sad about the passing of my dog but things seems to be getting better at work. This time in my life seems like a milestone of change. Often the death of a pet can force us to look at our own mortality. Cheers, Keith

  
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1CRAZYDOG 11/28/2014 10:14AM

    You know . . . grieving is a process, and like any process, takes time and can be one step forward, two steps back. (((HUGS))))

Hope that your Thanksgiving was peaceful. Glad things @ work are better.

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ROBBIEY 11/27/2014 11:52PM

  I am sorry for your loss of your dog. Hang in there and keep moving forward. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Sad..

Monday, November 24, 2014

Unfortunately, I had to put my beagle Dot to sleep today. My heart is breaking. Keith   

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BAIXOMUSIC 11/25/2014 7:03AM

    It is such a difficult thing to do. Bless you and stay strong. So sorry. We're thinking of you.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/25/2014 7:02AM

    So very sorry. Our fur babies are such a treasure in our lives. So very sorry, Keith.

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JAMBABY0 11/24/2014 10:35PM

    I am sorry for your loss

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