When a pal passes, it can be so easy to say a few words of condolence and move on. For me, each pal leaves a piece of themselves within me for safekeeping. I can not easily move on as I was. I become forever changed by the grace of having known them. The honor of this duty is a solemn one for me. Yet, I know it is important to carry on.
I don’t know if I am barking into the vast wilderness, unheard.
I don’t know how to make a difference except by being true to myself.
I do know it is important to stop and grieve, to remember and to be thankful for having met.
I do know that, for me, the only way forward through grief is a formula of
time + action.
Time will settle itself.
Action I can accomplish by:
Vowing to always be gentle, kind, encouraging and tireless in my efforts to raise money for animal related charities.
Laughing when I can, giving a hug when it is needed and sitting quietly beside those that need silent support.
Pledging to keep Marley’s legacy alive by:
- accepting the duty to continue in his pawprints, not as he would, but as I can;
- be guided by the vastness of his compassion and generosity of legacy;
- guide myself, and hopefully others, in a way forward by shining a light into the darkness of the reality of animals in need.
Until we meet again and thank you, Marley.