As Nala and I marched down Broad St in Souderton, PA with our veterinarians from Ark Animal Hospital and their clients and supporters, a different energy swept through the streets. Yes, there were children and parents sitting on the curbs, smiling and waving. There were decorations and Santa hats, ribbons and glitter. There was candy and excitement as
the kids scrambled off the curb to gather up what was tossed into the street. But there was something else. A sense of safety. How was that possible, after the recent events that we are still reeling from, that hundreds of people were able to come together and create a safe pocket in time and space, just for a little while?
It is possible, and it can start small. The community of Souderton set the intention to have a day of peace, fun, and love. That energy permeated the streets, bounced off of every human and animal within its reach, and vibrated out for more to feel, as the after-effects of the parade gently reached beyond that single town.
In no way am I trivializing the terror that has occurred recently and that continues to be a threat. Creating safety isn’t necessarily quick, easy, or simple. And this is not to imply that if other towns had only created a different “intention,” then maybe they would have seen a different outcome. No. It’s not black and white.
But I am shining a light on the possibility that peace and safety will prevail. It can start small, one community at a time. Until the “community” eventually grows to include multiple towns, counties, states, countries, continents… The good guys outnumber the bad. Light always wins over darkness. No matter what your political opinions are, no matter what your religion, race, or background, you can shine a light.
May you all find opportunities to shine this holiday season, and into 2016.
Blessings, Peace, and Love from The K9 Spirit