---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <s3raphita@...> wrote :
Even five minutes of loving can make an hour of no love disappear into the present of the loving. What a beautiful thought! And I believe it to be true. The current moment is what is paramount in one's awareness, even in spite of whatever may have come before. And love and gentleness are so powerful that they do - they must - overwhelm the memory of what came before it. Animals are amazingly resilient at times, just like people, when it comes to allowing love to transform them. And even though, over time, you can transform the big picture in terms of an animal's experience if it has been a hard life, it is still the little moments that can add up too. In this case, Steve's efforts to bring some pleasure to his neighbor's dogs can keep those animal's trusting humans and even life itself; trusting that they and it is not all negligence and need.