While a lot of attention today will be given to celebrating mothers â€” and rightfully so since this is, after all, Motherâ€™s Day â€” another celebration that takes place every year is coming to a close. It, too, deserves special notice.
This is the annual Be Kind to Animals Week, which, in my opinion, should be an ongoing, everyday thing that everyone practices, though I know thatâ€™s not reality. Still, itâ€™s nice to set aside a special time to focus on those in our midst that canâ€™t speak for themselves but must depend on human compassion to have any sort of life at all.
It has been said that familiarity breeds contempt. Once we become accustomed to the â€śnew, bright and shiny,â€ť we may come to view that which held our praise before as being â€śold, dull and uninteresting.â€ť This is true with most things and, being the humans we are, it is at times inevitable. What we must guard against is the need to become bitter as a result.
We can look all around and see the evidence of this unfortunate practice.
In June of 2010, I had a life-changing decision to make not only for myself and my husband, but also for the future of The Saline Courier. As vice president of Horizon Publications Inc., the Courier had been one of the newspapers whose publisher reported directly to me for approximately two years. During that time I had made numerous visits to Benton to meet with the staff and evaluate the health of the Courier as a business as well as a community media outlet. It was broken on both accounts.