It seems like the holidays drag out into the new year at least a couple of weeks – there is that post-NYE binge eating, cleanup, and putting away of Christmas.
It’s now a good two weeks into 2012, and I am FINALLY feeling like I am beginning the new year fresh. Maybe it’s because it’s taken me two weeks to realize what baggage, mental and physical, I’ve carried from 2011 that I still need to jettison out of my life.
Yesterday, I drew a line in the sand for my new year. On one side of it is everything that I loved about 2011 that I will keep with me. On the other side, everything that I decided must go. Unfortunately, that included things that used to be important, but now I find toxic.
Rescue emails and some of the people that go with them, unfortunately, top that list. I am still dedicated to helping save animals, and I will channel that dedication into four avenues: my animal welfare Examiner page and Lost Pets Facebook Page; my support of four, very carefully selected animal rescues & shelters, and of Sunbear Squad; TNR of the cats in my neighborhood; and the sponsorship of one needy animal at a time – whether it be boarding donations, etc. That’s it. That’s all I’ve got. I will always carry dog food and supplies with me for the random encounter with a needy animal, and help close friends and family with situations. But I cannot keep making myself available for the onslaught of hundreds of emails and Facebook pleas every week. It has sucked me dry and it’s over.
The infighting, the name-calling, the disasters, and disappointments that have clouded my life from these outlets is a serious downer, and if I am going to continue helping, I am going to have to jettison the negative.
In 2012, I am making the delete button and unsubscribe button my new friends. Glad to meet you guys, here’s to a great year!