My father used to vex me while I was growing up. He would challenge my natural, ‘practical’ pessimism with the option to be ‘optimistic’.
It was always ‘Carla is the glass of water halfway FULL or halfway EMPTY?’ LOL.
It was a good lesson.
He also said that a sign of EDUCATION is the ability for one to hold an intelligent conversation with someone who doesn’t share your views, while still leaving room for mutual appreciation and respect–not trying to convince the other to see it ‘as you do’.
Last night I had the fantastic opportunity to go to a program at the San Diego Zoo.
It was an update to the donors about a community outreach program called The San Diego Zoo Express.
Some of you may be against all zoos.
Some of you will close your ears because the concept of a zoo is not acceptable to you. Your hearts and your consciousness will ‘shut off’ because ‘zoos are bad’.
If this is the case I will caution you–your Consciousness is in dire need to move beyond this duality-based thinking–it’s all ‘black or white’, I ‘believe it or I don’t’–and stretch to the energies of Enlightened Consciousness–‘there are no mistakes only lessons’.
In the Higher Realms we acknowledge there are ‘good choices’ and ‘not so good choices’ but on the whole, it is Creator’s duty to ‘judge’ and we openly acknowledge that ‘everyone is doing the best they can as a soul with what has been given in their situation.’
The good things about the zoo are outreach to the public, supporting the love of animals, and conservation. I believe if it wasn’t for the Safari Park many more rhinos would be extinct. I think there is perhaps another deer type species who lives there freely but is close to extinction in the wild.
The not so good things are that the animals are enclosed and dependent on humans for everything. Although the enclosures are being updated as much as possible, for example, the new elephant exhibit is much larger than the one we used to see growing up–this is still not even close to what is in the wild.
So, what IS the ‘Zoo Express’?
It’s an outreach that is a special form of healing. It is like Therapy Dogs on Steroids! Actual zoo creatures are brought with volunteers to local Children’s Hospitals and Long-Term Care facilities.
The people involved with this program shared two important stories:
- a pre-teen cancer patient was very grumpy, totally bald from chemo, and never smiled. He grabbed the biggest stuffed animal snake (all kids get their choice of stuffed animal) they had. The animal trainer quipped under her voice–with this you will be able to scare lots of nurses! Then he REALLY smiled big, and later was seen chasing nurses up and down the hall with it, to everyone’s delight–for the nurses knew he was depressed and withdrawn because of his illness.
- an ICU visit was planned, which is rare. In the bed was a twenty-year old woman, who because of disease had her growth stunted severely. She was the size of a child. She was unable to see, hear, and communicated like Helen Keller. She had never seen a dog in her life, and the nurses wanted her to see the one brought by the zookeepers. The girl slowly touched the dog all over, every inch, taking the experience in. When she finished, she threw her arms around the dog’s neck and hugged it very tight! The explained it is the most wonderful creature she has ever met in all her life, and she never wanted to let it go! All of the nurses and zoo staff were in tears over this amazing encounter, a gesture of love to a grown woman who had spent her whole youth so isolated because of her illness she could never meet an animal until now…