I remember ten years ago when I sustained a severe concussion. Silly me, I ran into a steel beam with my forehead. I was so dizzy for a month I could not get out of bed. For month two and three I stayed home laying on the couch to recuperate. It was a lonely, miserable time in my life. My husband was my caregiver, but he had things that required his attention and he was home only part of the time.
As I laid on that couch I watched an old white horse in the hillside pasture across the road. I could tell the horse was old, very lonely and neglected. I never saw the owner interact with that horse and I spent hours watching. As the weeks passed I would find myself talking to that horse in my mind and occasionally out loud. I would tell him I understood. I had such compassion for this lonely old horse. Near the end of the two months, I laid on that couch, I saw a young, frisky, brown horse appear in the pasture with the white horse. I was thrilled, “Whitey” as I called him had companionship at last. I saw Whitey try to interact with this brown horse for days, but the brown horse would not pay any attention to Whitey. After a week of rejection the brown horse was taken away. Once again Whitey looked sad and lonely. Whitey died a few months later. Ten years later I still think of Whitey and feel pain because he was neglected. I do not know why people have animals if they are not going to give them love.
As I laid on the couch I would think of crossing my front field, going across the road to the fence to talk to Whitey and pet his nose. Animals experience loneliness exactly as people experience being lonely.
Ten years later I am dizzy and housebound from a fall where I landed face first. Once again I have compassion for an animal. There is a baby rabbit who lives in my yard. I call him Streak, because he can really go from Point A to B in record time. Streak had a sibling that he played with that disappeared in a few days. Streak’s mom has gone on her way and Streak is alone. Streak touches my heart, because I feel he has to be lonely. I watch him try to interact with the adult rabbits, but they shun him. I would pet
Streak if he were not a wild animal. How sad to be alone.
If you have a friend or acquaintance, young or old who is lonely, well or ill, depressed, a shut-in, in the hospital go visit them. Loneliness does not help anyone thrive in their life. Loneliness causes young and old people to take their own lives. Don’t let this happen to someone you know. Be the salve that soothes their lonely soul. Do something to alleviate someone’s loneliness. God did not put us on this earth to be alone. And while you are at it, pet your dog, cat, or horse.