✨Josh & I we’re returning home after a long day. in front of our neighbor’s apartment, Josh spotted a small rat on the ground. It was on its back, feet twitching in the air, very clearly dying. I ran inside our home, not in fear, but filled with heavy emotions about death, about the small creature & its suffering. My heart was sinking into what felt like an abyss of sadness & memories past of personal tragedies. I was worried, scared, sad, & even struggled with the hope that it would somehow come back to life again. We talked about what would be the correct course of action to take - mainly, should it be “put out of its misery?” I pleaded for its life. I told Josh that I couldn’t bear the thought of this poor little creature to have its life ended this way. I begged him to take an empty box & put the rat in it, so at least it would... I don’t really know - die with dignity? Comfortably? Or the little bit of hope in my heart, survive?
So Josh went out & put the rat in the box, & brought it out to a grassy area. He inspected it & saw no visible wounds or trauma. We surmised it may have eaten some poison or God only knows. Nonetheless, Josh couldn’t bring himself to end the creature’s suffering & left it in it peacefully in the grass. Let #nature take its course. When he came back inside, he said he just couldn’t kill it & had he done the right thing?
Still overwhelmed with emotion, I began to cry as we talked about what is the “right thing to do” in this situation... the conclusion we came to was this: One thing that connects all beings in life, whether human or animal, child or adult, is #Suffering
At some point in our lives, we ALL experience suffering. It’s how we #grow & how we are able to #transition & #change. No one is exempt from suffering, therefore, it is not ours to interfere with or try to control. My suffering is my own, just as yours belongs to you. We can find #unity because we all experience it, but we cannot take that & make it our own. Fare the well, sweet creature & May you Rest In Peace🥀
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