Recently the Communications Coordinator at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary asked me about making a video for the purpose of describing why I volunteer. This was a common request. Many of our volunteers have recorded wonderful and inspiring videos that are posted on the sanctuary’s Facebook page. I’m always impressed with the grace in which they speak. I was not born with that attribute. I knew I could probably get by with a short clip stating the obvious; I volunteer because I love animals, it makes me feel good, it’s important to give back, to contribute to a good cause. Though I do volunteer for all of those reasons, it went far deeper than that. I knew it would be difficult for me to voice the words. The only way I would come close would be to write it.
I am the proud Mama of two happy and loyal Labrador Retrievers. A yellow lab named Kaiser and a chocolate named Stella. They have this amazing knack at reflecting back to me who I am, or rather what kind of person I am being from one moment to the next. If I’m in a bad mood, they’ll sort of make themselves small and creep along the side of me, still wanting to get close, in spite of my edgy silence. If I’m sad, Kaiser will lay his head on my lap and I can see the sadness in his eyes too, and suddenly I’m comforting him saying, it’s ok, it’s ok, and before long, everything is ok. I’ll look at him and ponder, how did you just do that? When I’m happy, Stella leaps around me with such spirit, dropping toys at my feet, engaging me in play, nudging me and encouraging me to express my own playful Spirit.
I’m amazed by this innate brilliance that allows them to tune into my energy. How the vibration in the room can be tense, but when they do what they do it suddenly hums with calmness and love, and I am inspired to be a better person than the one I was five minutes ago.
Sometimes life has a way of drowning out our true essence and we can fall into periods of misery, sadness, unhappiness, loss of direction, loss of Self. A while back I found myself in this type of funk, consumed in a negative energy that felt suffocating. My vibration was low. I knew I needed something in my life to raise it, something that would align me with my true essence.
That first morning as a volunteer, I pulled into the Shy Wolf Sanctuary somewhat giddy. I practically leaped over the stone pavers to get to the entrance, like a small child jumps puddles. Everything felt animated. Even that ordinary entry gate stood tall before me, like a knight protecting his kingdom. There was this handmade sign that read Enter with a happy heart. I felt honored to have access. With a happy heart, I went inside.