Why — It’s a question I have asked myself thousands of times in my years.  For example:  Why would anyone drink decaffeinated coffee (seems silly), Why does the ice cream truck miss our street EVERY time, Why do my kids have to grow up so fast, Why can’t they move out now ;), and Why would anyone want to hurt another innocent life?  Why?  

Sometimes the answers are simple, like the coffee one.  Apparently people actually drink it for the taste–really?  However mystifying that may be, it’s still simple.  Unfortunately, when tragedy, sadness or loss strikes, and we ask ourselves that one word question, the thought process is so complex that even the people who experience this heart ache on a daily basis don’t have the answers.  Which leads me to yet another WHY?   Why do they do it? 

Most people I know can’t stand to see the reality of our world so much so that they have to turn the channel when a 60 second commercial showing starved children or beaten and battered dogs interrupts their other “reality” tv.   Then after the channel is muted or turned, you can hear the whining…Why do they show these depressing commercials?  Uuumm, what’s depressing is that you think the Kardashians are “real life” and if you watch their every move, one day you can be just like them…sorry, anyway. 

The Why, as to why do they show these commercials is an easy answer, because if someone just simply asked for help, the not-for-profits would not exist.  They have to pull on your heartstrings and they have to do it quickly – they only have 60 seconds.   And a 60 second commercial is nothing compared to what our teachers, child services, humane societies and animal controls/rescues see  EVERY DAY.  They witness more evil in one hour than some see their whole lives and what I’ve learned is that it’s almost a necessity that WHY goes unanswered. Trying to figure it out can take your sanity to the brink, fade out your faith in humanity and allow darkness to consume you.  So instead, being in the business of giving a voice to the silent, you can’t ask why, you have to have the courage to ask how?  How can I help, and when you do, you surround yourselves with some of the strongest and courageous people you will ever meet.

I am fortunate enough to have wonderful friends and family that dedicate their lives every day asking How.  Having only a glimpse of what they see daily in volunteering at the shelter I can never express enough the appreciation I have for each of them.  Their’s is a job, a way of life, that only few have the heart, the courage and the stomach to do, so give them the props they deserve.  They’re the one’s that don’t change the channel, but who are changing the world day by day, story by story.  So next time you come face to face with an advocate for the innocent and they don’t come off as friendly or as sweet as you’d like them to, tell them THANK YOU, they are doing a job every day not many can do for 60 seconds. 

Then quit asking WHY and start asking HOW…

Oh and to answer the questions as to why they do it….for every 10 bad story endings it’s the 1 happy that makes it all worthwhile.  So to my crazy friends, my family and all who relentlessly give a voice to those without – THANK YOU (from ALL of us), and here’s wishing you a wonderful holiday and a fabulous New Year!!

P.S. Don’t forget to remember my furfriends this winter-LCAC has changed their hours for the season M-F open til 4:30 and Sat. til 4 ……

WRITE, CALL OR STOP ON BY!! Your new friends are waiting for you!! (Lake County Animal Shelter, 3011 W. 93rd Avenue, Crown Point, IN  46307; 219/769-7016; lakecountyanimalcontrol@hotmail.com or check out the adoptable pets here: http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/IN218.html 


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