Originally Posted by sadwithouthim
Ohhhh.....I like that volunteer idea. Maybe I'll check out our local shelter....only problem is I will need to for myself to not bring more strays home.
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...it is a special feeling when you help to find a homeless dog or cat a new home. It is like you are sort of creating a new family. Not only are you saving the life of a homeless animal, but you are bringing unconditional love and faithfulness someone else's home.
Animal rescue is something I am passionate about, but I know that there are so many ways that we all can help improve the world around us. When my ex-husband left me, I felt pretty useless and pretty much like a failure. For months prior to him leaving, I was so focused on how I wasn't good enough for him....and on how I was failing him. I put so much energy into our relationship, and then he left.
My self-esteem took a huge hit. So, I really stepped up the volunteer work because, selfishly, it made me feel valued and needed. It made me feel "of use". I really helped my self-esteem.
It is all a process, and when we are hurting, I think it is good to try to find healthy things that make us feel good--like working out, doing home improvement projects, and helping others.
It makes us more attractive too!