Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Our "not going back to school" year has begun.  We have had so many adventures lately.  
We tried rock climbing, we visited a beautiful park nearby and we were lucky enough to visit some raccoons being rehabilitated.  
We welcomed our new hedgehog named Windsor and tried our best to help rehabilitate a little baby squirrel/possum (we're not officially sure what it was exactly) that a friend of ours found.  Sadly "little Pinkie" didn't make it past the 48 hours we had him.  My heart goes out to those who dedicate their time to helping abandoned creatures and acting as surrogate mom.  You are amazing.  The amount of time and emotion it must take to endure each time a new creature is found must be exhausting.  Our house is not quite ready to take on wildlife rehabilitation on a regular basis.

Call it coincidence or something out there that's bigger but whenever my kids or I  become interested in pursuing a new subject, so many opportunities arise effortlessly.  Our daughter has been very interested in wildlife rehabilitation and not more than a month after submitting our application for volunteering at the Humane Society, we are invited to see raccoons being rehabilitated so close to our house that we could walk to meet them.  And then to have the amazing chance to be part of trying to rehabilitate the small pink creature discovered by a dear friend in the parking lot of Costco-well that was just incredible.  
The past couple of weeks have reminded me of a favorite quote:
Until one is committed there is hesitancy, 
the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth,
the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: 
that the moment one definitely commits oneself,then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.
A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour 
all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance,
which no man could have dreamt would come his way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets:'

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. 
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.'

W. H. Murray 
The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

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