As pride month draws to a close, I feel like it’s a good time to take a minute to talk about acceptance. Our society spends a lot of time judging one another….people judge each other based upon their looks, and their houses, and their life choices – to have kids, to not have kids, who they choose to love. To have pets, to not have pets – how they take care of those pets, or don’t. We fall into this trap sometimes in veterinary medicine too, when we are frustrated by clients who don’t care for a pet the way WE would care for a pet.
As a team, we talk about this a lot – our job is not to judge our clients, but to provide them with guidance and education so they can make the best choice for their family. This may not always look the way it would look for us – but that doesn’t mean it is wrong. We provide guidance – we help pet parents make decisions – but we don’t judge them for those decisions.
I feel like this translates to general life a lot too – I really like this quote by Henry James – ‘Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.’ I have written about kindness before, but I go back to it a lot because I feel it is so important, and is such an unsung hero of finding happiness in life, as well as accepting others. If our default choice is to be kind – so many other things fall into place and I think it just generally makes us a better human.
Pride month is an excellent time to practice kindness – accepting others for who they are, and letting them love who they want to love, is something that should be standard in today’s world. And it makes me so sad that it is not, and that so much judgement and prejudice still abound in our society. Love is love – and at PRAH, we firmly believe that people should be confident and safe to be who they want to be.
Remember everyone, whether it is in vet med or in regular life – choose kindness, always.