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Bryan T Owens
Colorado Springs, CO
Living in Mystery and Beauty
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We are probably on that line between lover and super. We dog sat a rescue dog for 6 months. Instead of just feeding him, we tried to make the world a less fearful place for him. We taught him to fetch. That may sound simple, but any object through the air terrified him... run and pee in the corner. He had obviously been abused with flying objects. We methodically worked with him for 4 months, starting as simple as taking his favorite toy off his bed and praising him when he put it back. Eventually we could get him to go get his toy when we asked him. Then we VERY gently tossed it about a foot from us during the game. We eventually changed objects on him. We eventually changed return locations. When the new owners returned, we could throw a tennis ball across a field and he would return it. This wasn't simply teaching him a trick. It was restoring his soul. It was teaching him that he wasn't going to be hurt anymore. It was taking him into his fears and teaching him he would be okay. His name was Junah. He was named after the character in Bagger Vance that cannot golf anymore. Bagger says "You lost your swing, that's all. We need to get your swing back." We returned Junah to the owners after six months. Tara and I loved this experience so much that we adopted a neglected rescue dog ourselves and are working on making the world a safe place for him too. Hullabaloo has a very sweet spirit, but you couldn't tell because he was so fearful The rescue people knew it, but no one would trust that and adopt him. He is perfect for us. Now, when we take him back to the shelter for training once a week, the staff there literally cry at seeing how bright and kind this dog has become. We love redemption stories.
Brilliant, yet again. I watched a great forum try to migrate to a Ning network. The user generated groups about destroyed the community because it diffused the group too much. There is a place for smaller groups, but I now err on the side of not breaking into subgroups unless there is a very clear demand.
I think this is one of the hardest things for some people to get. The world is really moving from a place of measured exposure to a norm of transparency. (Whether that transparency is forced or not is another question) Embracing and modeling self disclosure sets people at ease.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2011 on Sharing Life Changes at The Online Community Guide
My church, an AMIA Anglican church, does not have a building of our own, but shares space with a Seventh Day Adventist church. (Being SDA, they meet on Saturday, so we use their facility on Sundays.) So I was in church this week, and written on the binding of an SDA hymnal, I noticed lettering. It said "I Love gob". At first I laughed at it. I thought that loving "God" would probably be better, and rolled my eyes. If you are going to love God, capitalize... or at least spell right. It seemed to fit with my hesitations about... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at The Clochan
We are told that when we feed the poor, we are feeding Christ. When we clothe the naked, we are clothing Christ. I have been trying to figure out what that means in a practical way. Giving to the homeless shelter just doesn't cut it. There is something more practical here. Something that applies in this moment. I am starting with this discipline: The discipline of seeing Christ in others. My neighbors needed to have their dogs taken care of for a week.... Christ needed His dogs taken care of for a week. Here is where it really gets backwards... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2010 at The Clochan
My wife read me a poem last night. It reminded me of the long and painful journey that has put a gentleness in my spirit. Learning true kindness has had a cost. Kindness Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2010 at The Clochan
Bryan T Owens is now following Charlie Peacock
Jan 21, 2010