Welcome to #TheDailyYes. The idea is simple- we are sharing some of the quotes, phrases, and pearls of wisdom that have helped us throughout the years.

A few simple words can completely change the way a person thinks about things. A person’s success, self-worth, and impact on the world can be completely attributed to the way he or she thinks about things.

Jason Mudd, Executive Officer

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Basic life tips we’ve all heard throughout our lives but thought were cheesy, yet we all want what they talk about. Like this one- play nice, make friends and tell the truth. It’s even more important in adulthood. I’m going to hone in on the ‘make friends’ part.

With that said “are you the friend that you want to have?”

How far would you go out of your way for a friend? Recently I watched my friend’s pets while their kids visited them over Christmas in Austria. Now, this particular friend wasn’t always close over the 33 years. We grew closer after college yet, she was in dire straits. She had tried a couple of other mutual friends and they all said no for various reasons.

They have a cat, Rosebud and a dog, Griffin. She said, “I could board them for 26 days but that worries me, especially for the cat.” Well that did it, animals are my thing.

Domesticated animals can’t talk and rely on us humans to help them out.

I sent my cat to live with my boyfriend and I took her pets. Yeah, my boyfriend is awesome! Immediately, I fell in love with both of her pets. He, Rosebud, was this tiny, frail, 5 pound Siamese-mixed kitty that greeted everyone. Griffin was this lump of white shag carpet with big brown eyes. He’s a Great Pyrenees. Neither meowed nor barked. Kitty meowed once for food and Griffin huffed to go potty.

They were a delight to have but itty bitty kitty was delicate and sick. I had to force a syringe of medicine down his throat twice a day and he hated it but never clawed me. Griffin got 5 pills in his dog food bowl twice a day. The lump just ate it up with his food and never noticed a thing.

Rosebud kitty was teetering on the edge. I loved him, gave him lots of attention and carried him around a lot! All he did was purr. Then I noticed more bones appearing. He stopped eating and I tried to hand-feed cooked chicken and got nothing. I panicked and took him to the vet on Saturday January the 5th, 2019. He had lost a pound. They gave him an under-the-skin IV and an appetite stimulant. It was awesome back at home the rest of Saturday.

We cried together on the phone. The doc said, “He is struggling. I need you guys to decide.” I begged her, “He’s in pain. Please let him go.”

Sunday, January 6th, he couldn’t walk, he was so weak. I rushed him to emergency. I got my friend from Vienna on the phone and she said to try everything. Rosebud was 10 years old and his kidneys were failing. He was literally starving himself! I cried and said, “He’s not good and he’s struggling and in pain.” We cried together on the phone. The doc said, “He is struggling and I need you guys to decide.” I begged her, “He’s in pain, please let him go.”

She said yes and they let him go.

I’m still not okay; I miss that kitty a lot. He was simply a fur ball of sweetness and love. Rosebud was buried in her backyard here in Louisville on January 7th, 2019 in a beautiful box I bought for him.

So ask yourself, “how far will you go for a friend?”

For me, a promise, a vet bill, food, love, and a box.

My heart is broken because my friend couldn’t say goodbye to her own pet. I can’t imagine if the shoe were on the other foot. That, alone, makes me cry. I’m so sorry this happened. I am, however, glad I got to know and love both her pets, especially Rosebud. I think of that fur baby a lot.

So I hope she thinks I’m a good friend. I hope I have friends that know they can call at 2am.

So play nice, make friends, and tell the truth. Our lives are connected and it takes a village. Be there to help someone. You may help yourself even more.

I also want to know what simple phrases, quotes, or other pearls of wisdom have positively impacted your life. I’m going to pick a guest contributor one day a week so that we can keep this lively from a perspective sense. Email me at hello@yeslouisville.com. I appreciate your thoughts!

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