Do you feel a person who pursues their passions will have a more fulfilling life? What do you think of when you think of passion?
Last year, I had a dream. I chased after that dream and what fueled me was passion. Passion to do something worthy, even if it meant stirring the pot a little. And the end result was realizing a long time dream of mine coming true.
I am a dog lover. I love all kinds of dogs, but my hands down favorite breed is the schnauzer. Miniature schnauzers and standard schnauzers have been around me all my life, and so I am drawn to that particular breed. When I was in my 20’s, I had dreamt of starting a rescue or volunteering for one, but apartment living and later getting married and having kids wasn’t conducive to the situation.
Almost 15 –20 years later, I thought, why not? Why not open my heart and home and help some fur-babies instead of sending them to a concrete floored shelter? We’ve owned our home 15 years, our children are over 6, and I’m at a point in my life where I have the time and energy to do something.
So I did.
I applied with Schnauzer Friends for Rescue and Adoption to become a foster family for their rescue. I readied my house for inspection and prepared my family for the changes that would happen and the involvement level they would find themselves in. Thankfully everyone in the family was on board and in June of last year, I was approved.
I’ve since had several fur babies come to stay with us until they found their forever homes. I am actually part of the process of helping them find the right homes, by sorting through applications and checking references and doing home visits. I help train these dogs and teach them manners, in preparation of sending them off to a good home.
A lot of people tell me, “I could never foster because I would want to keep them all.” And when I set out to do this, I wondered if I would have that problem? But when I started doing this I realized a couple of things.
First, no one can “keep” them all, and if anyone really has their heart set on doing what is in the dog’s best interests, then they will realize this rather quickly. And besides you can’t help more dogs in need if you don’t help the one you already have. So I haven’t had that problem.
Next, the excitement of bringing a new foster into our home is like having Christmas in July. There is so much excitement and discovery involved. The little fur baby quickly grabs our hearts and loves us unconditionally and we get to love him or her unconditionally right back. This unconditional love includes finding the best home possible for him or her—because we want only the best and we want to keep helping.
Last, letting go—well no one said that part would be easy—but it isn’t as hard as one might think. I am getting ready to place a little foster puppy in her new home on Monday. And I am so excited for her, because I really think I’ve found such a great family for her. She is going to be thrilled with this family, their house and their yard…and she’s got people who are whole heartedly dedicated to giving her the best life possible. So I might be sad for a moment saying goodbye—but the tears will be happy ones, because I know deep down she is going to a wonderful forever home and she will be so happy growing old. And the consolation is I get to help another rescue find that kind of happiness!
That makes it worth it, to pursue my dream with the utmost passion!
Will I have a more fulfilling life as a result??
I already am!
The joy is immeasurable!!
When I think of passion, I think of fulfilling my dreams in a real and tangible way. I think of no longer dreaming but actually doing. And by doing, my dreams are coming true!!
So what fuels your passion?
Do you think passion can lead you to fulfill your dreams?
What do you think of passion??
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