Proof There Is Still Goodness In This World

Sharing a story that my friend told me

*NOTE: I apologize for the underlines in this hub. After several attempts, I am unable to remove them*

Although it is difficult for me to share this story without weeping, I just cannot help the way I feel about the importance of LIFE...no matter if God's creation is a human or a creature.

Two days ago I met my friend, Mary Lou, for lunch. During our conversation she asked me, "Did I ever tell you about the bird?"

I told her she had not.

Here is her story as she related it to me:

"I was driving to work, around 7:00 a.m., on a Monday morning. The traffic on the road was awful. I happened to be in the lead with several cars behind me.

Suddenly I saw something in the road ahead of me. I slowed down to discover a dead robin in the road. Next to the bird was its mate.

The mate was screeching at me, like it was yelling, "STOP! Don't run over my mate!"

I stopped, then I slowly edged toward the bird, hoping it would fly away. It would not budge. This robin was not going to leave its mate.

With all the cars behind me, I had to move on. I drove around the dead robin and its mate, and I went to work.

All day long, my heart ached for that poor bird. It was all I could think about.

TWELVE hours later, at 7:00 p.m., I was still at work. I telephoned my husband, and I told him what had happened that morning.

He replied, "Mary Lou, I KNOW you. Do what you have to do."

I went to the Ladies rest room, and I grabbed a bunch of paper towels. I drove back to the spot where I saw the dead robin and its mate. I was still all dressed up, in my high heels.

There lay the dead robin, which was in pretty bad shape by now. The mate was not in sight.

I scooped up the dead bird with the paper towels. I have no idea how this happened, but I

walked into the field next to the road, and right up to its mate, sitting there all by itself in the field.

I was SOBBING. I looked at that bird, and I said to it, I AM SO SORRY!"

I laid the dead robin on the ground next to the bird, and I drove home.

By the time my friend was finished with her story, I was so choked up I could hardly talk.

However, I have to say, I am proud to have a friend with such a huge heart. With all the busyness in our world, she took the time to try to help that robin...A brave bird who refused to get out of the road and leave its mate. Its persistent loyalty.

I am also amazed Mary Lou found it immediately in the field, and that it had not been run over.

I wonder if that poor little creature is still there? Every time I think of her story, I want to weep.

This incident makes me question, "Do God's creatures feel heartbreak?" I believe they do.

As trivial as this story may appear to some people, her account reminds me of the sting of death and the sadness that accompanies it.

However I have to remember that God is in control. I truly believe He had my friend, Mary Lou, in the right place at the right time.

Finally, as sad as her story was to me, it has just proven to me that there is still goodness on this earth. People care. Also, as rampant as evil is on our planet, there is much, much more good.

I believe this is what we, as humans, have to focus on: GOODNESS. LOVE. COMPASSION...rather than evil.

Every one of us has the potential to contribute goodness every single day. Like my friend, Mary Lou, who did all she could for a sad, helpless bird.

Blessings, Sparklea :)










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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

True story, Lea....Bev does this. She carries a shovel in her car, and when she comes across road kill she stops and removes the body from the road so it will not suffer the indignity of being run over again and again.

I am blessed to have her in my life, and I am honored to call you a friend.

blessings my friend

bill


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh my goodness, Sparklea! This story is not in any way trivial, as it is one of that pure love from a loving person's heart to a living creature, who does feel pain, no doubt!

You are blessed to know and love such a friend and, yes, there is still goodness in this world. You are a beautiful example of such goodness too, and I praise Him for you, a friend He has blessed me to know via HP.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

God bless you real good, Faith Reaper


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Billy buc: I remember you mention in a previous comment how upset Bev gets when she sees a dead animal in the road. I do, also. Never thought about the shovel, but what a beautiful gesture on her part.

Thank you for taking time to read this hub and for your kind words. SO much appreciated. You continue to be a blessing to so very many.

Sparklea


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Faith Reaper: THANK YOU for your lovely comments. Also, thank you for taking time to read this.

My heart ached for my friend because I know it shattered her. But it also shows me what a big heart she, herself, has. God bless you, Sparklea :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

One is faced with many hard challenges and to make a difference in ones life in whichever way you can is so special. You have shared such a thoughtful story here


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

DDE Thank you so much for your very kind words. I love life, including not only the lives of humanity but of God's creatures as well.

I appreciate so much your taking time to read this hub. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

What a sad story but loving in so many ways.When I was young I would go out after a heavy rain and see all the worms who were flooded out of their homes they lay in the pools of water where they have died on the sides of the street.I would get a shovel and give them a proper burial back to the ground where they once came.Everywhere I looked I could see more and more worms.I felt it was the right thing to do.I never could understand why God would let this happen.Nobody else seemed to care.I just thought in time I would know the answer.Thanx for sharing such a real to life.Passion to do the right thing.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful story and thanks for sharing.

Voted up.

Eddy.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Dream On: Thank you for reminding me about the worms! I guess when we get to Heaven we can ask God about many things, including the worms, why rabbits are fed to snakes, and on and on. Fear and loss are a part of life, but I still struggle with it.

Your worm story only testifies to me that you have a big, compassionate heart.

We have friends where the husband hates cats, even ran over one and drove on...To this day I will not invite them to our home for dinner because we have four cats. I lost total respect.

I have always felt there is something wrong with those who do not like animals and I am thankful for the friends I have who love them.

Thank you for reading this hub and for your feedback, so much appreciated. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Eiddwen; Thank you for your positive vote, and for taking time to read this hub. So much appreciated. God bless, Sparklea :)


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

sparklea Sister what a precious testimony of Gods love. Your dear friend is an inspiration for all of us.

Many drivers would not have noticed the robin's. We are hurried and into our own thing. You Sparklea are precious for writing and sharing this timely message. . You keep em coming girl. my Love IN Christ, Skye


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

sky2day: I still want to weep when I think of that poor little robin grieving for its mate, and the remarkable way my friend just happened to walk in the field and immediately find the sad robin sitting there alone. My heart is broken, but I love my friend for what she did.

God's creatures have such an impact on me, I don't want any of them to get hurt, but it happens, and I will always feel very sad.

THANK YOU for reading this hub and for your comments. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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DREAM ON 3 years ago

Animals live and die by the rules of nature.We can learn a lot from animals.How they only kill for food or when neccessary for survival.I wish people were like that.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you, Dream On, for visiting this hub. Since I wrote it, I was on my morning walk last week, and I discovered an injured chipmunk in the middle of the road, curled up, blinking its little eyes. I was crushed.

I had a paper towel in my pocket, and I gently picked it up an placed it on my left hand on the towel. I asked God, "What do I do?" We live near the back entrance to a park. I carried it over into the woods, and placed it by a big tree on the ground. The whole time it placed its left paw on my thumb, like it was enjoying the ride and 'resting'. When I lay it down, the chipmunk started to walk a little. My prayer is that it was just stunned and eventually healed. Funny thing, I had taken a different route that day...never go on that block. I KNOW God led me to that helpless animal.

Yes, you are right, animals live and die by the rules of nature. As a human, I could never kill an animal. I think one of my greatest flaws is that I love too much...life, people, animals...I place them all the hands of God, and I thank Him for so many blessings. Sparklea :)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

What a sweet story! No wonder you weeped. Thank you for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful weekend.

~ Kathryn


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you Kathryn for visiting this hub. My love of nature and animals runs so very deep. I love seeing baby rabbits on my walks, and cardinals singing. It goes on and on. I appreciate your comments. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Sparklea, same here! On workdays, I use public transportation to commute, and I have a 15 minute walk from the train station to the store I work in. The enjoyable part of that walk is seeing the birds, the little bunnies and chipmunks, as well as the squirrels. I also enjoy seeing the pretty flowers that people plant in their yards. I am so happy that I have such a pleasant walk! My favorite place to walk in several months ago when I lived in Connecticut was a big park, and they had quite a bit of wildlife to enjoy.

Have a great weekend!

~ Kathryn


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

A few weeks ago I spotted 12 turkey vultures in a tree by the church up our street. Never saw them again. Then there was an article in the paper about them the next day. They are not predators. They clean up road kill. Glad I am not a turkey vulture...but God uses them to clean up nature's messes. Bless you real good, Sparklea :)


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Awwww....not a dry eye in the house....if all of we humans can be as loving as that bird and as loving as the person telling the story to you, what a wonderful world this would be. Thank you for sharing this...Angels are on the way to you ps :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

pstraubie48: Thank you for visiting this hub and for your comments. My friend's story broke my heart. Every time I think about that lonely bird grieving for its mate I still feel like weeping. I'm just so thankful to have a friend like that who is so caring. God bless, Sparklea


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

Beautiful story! One small kind act like this gives me inspiration and hope that not everyone in this world is mean and cruel. I was alerted to your fine writing and your site by Faith Reaper. I read her article about you and what she wrote about you is so true. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story with us.


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MarleneB 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

This is such a beautiful story. I had read somewhere that birds mate for life, but I had not thought about what happens in their world when one of them dies. Your friend is such a lovely lady. Thank you for sharing this story of hope.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

suzettenaples: THANK you for reading Faith Reaper's wonderful hub, which still has me on my knees, feeling so overwhelmed and SO humbled. I am also honored you visited this hub. I have shared many times that I love animals too much. My eyes filled with tears at the thought of that bird losing its mate. I was so grateful that, after several hours, my friend drove back to that area and removed the dead bird and actually found its mate in the field and lay it down. What a miracle that was! I am shattered for that poor remaining bird. God bless and thank you from my heart for your lovely words. Sparklea :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

MarleneB: Thank you for reading this hub, and yes, I, too, have heard birds mate for life. I may try to research on what birds do when they lose their mates. I pray they recover. I so appreciate your kind words. God bless you real good, Sparklea :)


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

A beautiful story and I believe many living things besides human know love. These birds are parents and help mates to each other, something drives them to be loyal to all they do. The Person Who created them did so with love, so it isn't surprising.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Jackie that poor, lonely bird! I was SO glad my friend returned and moved the dead robin out of the road and actually FOUND its mate alone in a field. BROKE MY HEART. I am convinced God's creatures DO love and they will be in heaven. I just feel that in my heart.

God bless and thank you so much for reading this and for your comments. Sparklea :)


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bluebird 3 years ago

This is beautiful and so touching.

Your words...

" believe this is what we, as humans, have to focus on: GOODNESS. LOVE. COMPASSION...rather than evil.

Every one of us has the potential to contribute goodness every single day.

...These words are so alive and meaningful and should fill us with compassion and the passion to:

Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.

Great hub, it is very much appreciated!

Thank you and have a wonderful day!


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Thank you so much, Bluebird! My heart just melted and I was tearful when my friend told me that story. Now she has a chicken coming into her yard, from out of nowhere. Of course she and her husband are feeding it, and their dog is friends with it. They named it Henny Penny, and guess who is going to feed it while they are on vacation? ME!

If I were a millionaire I would build shelters for these poor animals who have no place to go. In the meantime, I do what I can when I see an animal in distress. We have 2 extra cats who came into our lives unexpectedly. We love them so much.

You are correct: every one of us has the potential to contribute goodness every single day. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Oswalda Purcell 3 years ago from Los Angeles

A very touching story. It took me to instances in my life when I have come across birds wounded or dying. It's an out of body experience. Thank you for sharing :)


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Oswalda: I just love God's creatures SO much, and I thank you for reading this hub and for your comments. As the years pass, more and more I value life for people, plants, creatures. Spring is one of my most encouraging seasons...to see the resurrection of trees, plants and flowers, the resurrection of the promise of new life. God bless, thanks from my heart, Sparklea :)


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California

Sometimes thinking about something besides ourselves centers us in ways that all the self reflection in the world never would. Thank you for sharing.


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Sparklea 3 years ago from Upstate New York Author

tirelesstraveler: I so appreciate your stopping by and reading my story.

I could weep every time I think of what my friend shared. She was crying

when she talked to the lonely bird. My heart breaks for these animals.

Thank you for your kind comments. God bless you, Sparklea :)


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Fiona Jean Mckay 2 years ago from South Africa

I think we all tend to forget that people have a huge capacity for compassion. Thank you for sharing.


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Hi Fiona Jean, thank you for taking time to read this story and for you kind feedback. Compassion is one of the finest qualities a human being can possess. God bless, Sparklea :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Sparklea, I realise this hub is quite old by now but I just read it and had to wipe away a tear. I am also moved by things like the robin with the dead mate. Knowing some birds such as robins, finches and doves usually mate for life...if one of the pair is killed....the other must be so lonely. I am sure they feel sadness and sorrow.

I hate any animal cruelty and have written hubs protesting against it eg. Life Is A Circus. Thank you for this inspirational hub, and thank God for people like yourself and your friend Mary Lou. Voted up.


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Jodah, my love for animals is unsurpassed. I cannot watch anything on television, or read anything about animal cruelty...it brings out my dark side. That recent killing of that baby giraffe caused me to have a bad meltdown. I even wrote to the Governor of California and asked that he make it a law to put warnings on Hollywood movie posters cautioning the public that the film contained animal cruelty. I can't tell you how many movies I have walked out of.

I thank you from my heart you took the time to comment on this hub. I wept while typing it. I wept when my girl friend told me about it.

SO glad you understand. My husband and I have four wonderful cats...one is an orphan that we found in a mall parking lot out of town, the other jumped in my husband's truck at a gas station...she is our stray.

We don't need these animals, but they need us. Taking care of God's creatures is like washing the feet of Jesus. God bless and THANK YOU AGAIN FROM MY HEART. Sparklea ;)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Sparklea, I too was saddened to hear about the baby giraffe that was "put down" etc. We have 4 cats and 4 dogs. We live on a 40 acre property so it's allowed. Originally we saved three kittens from the rubbish tip and friends took one each but we kept one. That cat had kittens and those are the cats we have now. We are suckers for taking in strays. If you read my hub "The Role of Animals in the Healing Process" it tells about a stray dog we took in. I agree taking care of animals is like washing Jesus' feet, but they give so much back as well and teach us to be humble. Have a good day.


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York Author

Jodah, you are a very kind man...we need more Jodah's in this world. God bless, Sparklea :)


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Venkatachari M 21 months ago from Hyderabad, India

Very much touching to the heart. You are blessed to have such a great friend. Even reading this makes us emotional with wetness in eyes. She should have been brave to face it and show so much kindness and love to that bird and its mate. I always say this to people that because of such kind and humane people this world is still there as it is. Otherwise, what would have been the result? We are fortunate and God is great.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story.


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Sparklea 21 months ago from Upstate New York Author

VenkatachariM Yes, God is great, isn't He? Thank you so much for taking time to read what I shared and for your lovely comments. I feel honored whenever anyone takes time to read my material and respond.

God bless you real good, Sparklea and thank you again, from my heart.


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Akriti Mattu 19 months ago from Shimla, India

Of course there is goodness in this world. Thanks for sharing this lovely post with us :)


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Sparklea 19 months ago from Upstate New York Author

Akriti Mattu: Thank you from my heart for your lovely comment. God bless, Lea Tartanian/Sparklea


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bravewarrior 18 months ago from Central Florida

What a beautiful thing for your friend to do. It breaks my heart that the mate was still there, watching on the sidelines when she arrived. At least they were able to say goodbye in peace.

I absolutely believe animals experience heartbreak. It's evident in our pets when a person or animal who shares life with them dies or leaves.

Most birds mate for life. I've got to think there's more than nature at work here; emotions too.

We have some Great Blue Herons that live near my house. They always travel in pairs. One day I saw a dead one on the side of the road. It breaks my heart when I see the mate walking down the road by him(her?)self. Occasionally, I'll see the lone bird feeding with another couple that lives in the area. It pleases my heart to see the lone bird invited to share their companionship.


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Sparklea 17 months ago from Upstate New York Author

I always feel like weeping when any tragedy is involved with an animal/bird/living creature. Your blue heron story is SO sad...we have to leave these creatures in God's hands. There was an article in yesterday's paper that a bald eagle was found dead in our area. I would not read it...I did not WANT to know the circumstances. My greatest dark side and anger is animal cruelty. I can't read or watch anything like that, it actually puts me in a rage.

THANK YOU for your kind words and for taking time to read this. God bless you always. Sparklea :)

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