Knowing What's Best is a Leap of Faith
One of the things that struck me as I was reading Julie Klam's Love at First Bark: How Saving a Dog Can Sometimes Help You Save Yourself was how hard it is to help an animal that can't tell you want they need. They can't tell you how they are feeling. They can't tell you what happened to them. Yet Klam and other rescuers do their best to make sure that they are getting the animals what they need.
"We always try to do what's best for the dog." p. 41
Whenever anyone rescues an animal they have to hope they are doing the best thing. The guess work doesn't go away after you get them in a safe home. Even though I've had my cat for over ten years, I'm still guessing as to what's best for her. Should we do that test? Or that other test? Try a different food? She's no longer overweight, but has she lost too much?
It's not only animals that test our decision-making abilities. When Julie Klam's family moved to their new apartment, they were hoping they were making the right decision. It didn't quite turn out the way they had hoped. I could sympathize. When I switched cities a number of years ago I found my roommates on an online roommate finder website. I agreed to move in with them before ever meeting them. It was a leap of faith... one that I was happy to only have to live with for six months.
Every day we make choices. Whether it be for ourselves, out pets or our kids none of us know how things will turn out with absolute certainty. We make the best decisions we can with the information we have in front of us. It's always a leap of faith.
Have you taken a leap of faith recently? How do you decide what's best?