Meet Pork Chop. Pork Chop has no mother. You see, his mother died in labor trying desperately to give him life. She died on the table at an Emergency Vet Clinic, as well as all of the other pups in the litter. Pork Chop was the sole survivor. Now, as if that wasn't bad enough, the owners then abandoned him at the clinic. Facing certain death, and against all odds, this little guy, coupled with the staff at the clinic, refused to die. He was eye-dropper fed until he was old enough to eat on his own. Fostered until he was adoptable, Pork Chop thrived. Now he has made his home with us. This is my third grand-dog. The others are huge, weighing nearly 100 pounds each, Pork Chop knows no fear in life. He treats the others as though they are his equals, and even tries to play with the cat (although he may have met his match with her). What hardships has life thrown at you? What do you need to overcome? Maybe you need a little help getting started. Maybe you are the one that refuses to give up. When life throws everything at you, do you just lay down and die? Or do you fight, knowing that something better is just around the corner. If this little guy can defy the odds and grow to be a little man, then so can you.
Growing up my mother told me, "You can do anything! Never let anybody ever tell you that you can't." I believed her when she said it. In fact, I still do. There's nothing that I am truly afraid to try.
It took me decades to realize that she never believed that about herself. When life beats us down, it is easy to get caught up in the pity party of "why me?" But when we look past ourselves, to the life around us, things take on a whole new perspective. Remember the old saying" God will never put you through more than you can handle?" Well, nobody ever looks at why we are handling things. Nothing is an accident. We are all here, right where we need to be, for a reason. Sometimes that reason is only known to Him. Sometimes that "higher calling" doesn't come in the form that we want it to. Sometimes things don't fit neatly into our little box called life. What we need to do is to break out of the box. Don't let anyone ever stuff you into their box of judgement - whether it be judgement of themselves, or of you. Sure they might get angry when you fight against it, but a true relationship will weather the storm. I wish that my mother could see her accomplishments through me. She raised me to be a self-sufficient, successful business woman, author, entrepreneur, mother, daughter, friend, and believer. Everything that she feels like life cheated her out of. Yet, here we are, right in front of each other. We did it. Both of us, together. Open your eyes, look past yourself and into the eyes of those looking back at you. What do you see? Can you see life differently?