Today I was ruminating…
Today I was ruminating (chewing my cud – which seemed fitting as I was heading out to the farm) about how wonderful my life is. And this got me thinking that many people may think that my life has always been good and easy. This in itself is not a significant thought that deserves a blog post. But this does…..
I had darkness during my very young years. This is when I discovered the amazing love given by animals and the Doctor Doolittle books. Having both these things in my life changed what could have been a very bad outcome to one of healing and building an inner strength. I would hazard a guess that every one of us has darkness in our lives and no one is exempt. Then a friend of mine happened to post this on her Facebook page:
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” Pema Chödrön
Well, that just about sums up my whole thought process. Just another reminder that most of our thoughts are not original to the world, but they are original to us. We are sharing our journey today with many people who have gone before us and who are yet to come.
We know that the children that come to SALI’s Farm all have experienced darkness at a very young age. But we don’t need to know their stories. They are treated just like any other child that deserves to experience the unconditional love of animals. Recently, what we do at the farm has been identified as Animal Intervention and specifically Animal-Assisted Activities. I didn’t know this when I was young, I just knew animals were the key to my healing.
What I have discovered over the three years of running SALI’s Farm is, it’s not just the animals that are working their magic in the children’s lives. Each child at the farm is paired with their very own volunteer who remains with them for their 8 week session. These volunteers are making a huge difference in the life of the child they are paired with. I’d like to call it Volunteer-Assisted Activities. For a young child to have many animals loving them and then to top it off, an adult volunteer who is there just for them, has meant that our program is an even bigger success than I anticipated.
If you would like to be one of these special volunteers, you can learn more at one of our Volunteer Orientations coming up:
Thursday, February 27
Thursday, March 27
Thursday, April 24
7:00 – 8:00 pm
Ocean Park Library, 12854 – 17 Ave, Surrey
Just RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org your intentions to attend. I look forward to seeing you there.