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You Need to Listen to the Call of Your Soul

Kelly Taylor

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All anyone wants to do is follow their heart. Sometimes, people are unsure of what their heart is telling them. In other cases, people might not want to listen to what the heart wants. Sometimes, it can take a while for people to accept that their heart and soul are calling out to them. Maybe they don’t want to listen. Maybe they don’t believe it. 

What many people don’t understand is that even if the heart is calling, it still takes a lot of self-determination to move its direction. Along the journey that we call life, there are going to be tremendous challenges along the way. There is going to be heartbreak. There will be failure. There is also going to be dismay. Some people might even feel despair. It is important not to listen to any of this.

There is a lot of uncertainty that people face as they go through life. This uncertainty lingers at the edges of our hearts and souls. This is often exemplified by those who seek to tear us down. This is shown by those who desire to live within life’s convenient boxes. This is demonstrated by those who are not willing to take the necessary risks to pick themselves up and start over once again.

In many ways, people are happy with this. They are fine living in this tiny space. They do not want to step outside of their comfort zones, despite their hearts telling them that this is necessary. On the other hand, what would it feel like to listen to the heart and soul? What sort of wonder would people feel? What kind of self-live would enter into the picture? The creativity required to make this happen can be messy; however, this is also the beauty of the situation. All along the way, the mind might be resisting this situation; however, the heart knows that this is the right thing to do.

The truth is always present. It is always waiting. It always wants to be reclaimed. No matter how many times people may have forgotten about these truths, they will always be there. Sometimes, people have to do a double-take. Sometimes, people need to turn around. Sometimes, there are distractions that are going to arise. These might even lead to failures. All of this is fine. It is a natural part of life.

People don’t come with maps or manuals. They also don’t come with instructions. Nor do their hearts. This can make it hard for people to figure out who to listen to and what to believe. Eventually, people need to adopt a different attitude when it comes to life. There was a poet who once said that people need to use their ears to listen to their souls. This is the perfect advice that people need to follow, particularly when someone feels lost or confused.

In times of doubt, it is helpful to read. Take a look at stories and poets. Read through tales of people who have survived some of life’s hardest lessons and come out fine on the other side. This is a great source of inspiration. Follow their examples. These stories are designed to love us back. Even though this might be mundane and sensible, they can reveal majesty where we once saw ugliness. They can show us the way in an area that once looked like a maze. They can inspire us even in our darkest times. They can encourage us to follow our hearts and souls even when we would rather do otherwise.

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Deer tries to join school for a day

Shannon Jackson

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School is meant to be a fun place to learn, where children of all ages can enjoy a day full of new and exciting information. For one school in Wisconsin, that day was about to become a lot more fun. In a small school outside of Madison, a deer broke into a middle school and began running around the hallways of the school. In the video captured by school security camera’s around December 17th, the deer is seen running through the hallways. However, due to the type of material the floor is made out of, the deer begins to slip and slide all around the floor and can barely control itself. In the video, the deer can then be seen trying to leave the school, but it cannot find a way out. Although the deer keeps slipping and sliding, he never seems to quite lose his balance all the way. Instead, the poor deer continues to struggle and run around. The kids in the school must have been scared but also amused since a deer was running around the school’s hallways. The teachers quickly told all the students to stay inside the classrooms and locked the doors. Although the doors were closed, students could still hear the deer running through the hallways trying to escape the school. 

Teachers reported the incident to the school administration who placed the school on lockdown. After the school was placed on lockdown the deer can be seen running through the hallways and still trying to escape. Eventually, the school administration called animal control who quickly came to help the deer out. Upon entering the school, the animal control found that the deer did not calm down and was very frightened. Rather than trying to capture the deer, the animal control decided the best course of action was to corner the deer and get it to run out of an open door. So, they asked a school teacher to open a door at the end of a hallway. Then, several people including teachers, school administration, and animal control cornered the deer and got him to enter the hallway with the open door. Eventually, the deer saw the open door and ran towards it as fast as it could. The deer was still slipping and sliding all around the floor. He was so close! Finally, the deer jumped out of the door and began to run. However, animal control had someone waiting and captured the deer. The deer was then driven far away from the school and released in the wilderness. Animal control then later said animals sometimes get confused about certain buildings and accidentally enter or try to find food in schools.

This deer wasn’t the only animal who broke into a school either. Several other animals such as raccoons, squirrels, and birds also commonly get into schools on accident. 

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When This Little Boy Vanished, The Police Followed Paw Prints To Track Him Down

Renee Yates

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Any parent can relate to that sinking feeling in the back of their mind that something is wrong. It is a hard feeling to shake once it arrives. Chelsea Nobel is a parent who recently experienced this exact emotion. She woke up one October morning with the distinct feeling that something was wrong.

Call it a mother’s intuition. As we all know, a mother’s intuition is never wrong. A mother knows when her children are upset and she knows when they are in peril. Her son William was not in his usual spot. When she went to check for the boy that morning, he was gone. Her blood ran cold and she knew that she had to do everything in her power to find him.

At first, she had hoped that he was somewhere in the home. It took a frantic search before she realized that this was not the case. Once it became apparent that he was nowhere near by, she knew that she had to contact the police. The officers arrived soon after the call and were prepared to do everything in their power to help her bring her little boy back home.

William was somewhere out there in the world, lost and scared. Who knows what was going through this little boy’s mind at this exact moment? The search for the little boy was extensive. The Mississippi community where Chelsea and William reside rallied around the family during their time of need.

Everyone wanted to make sure that the little boy was safe. Volunteers assisted the police officers, helicopters and K-9 units with their search but they were not having any luck. Chelsea was distraught. No mother ever wants to lose their child, especially not under these sorts of circumstances. She would never be able to forgive herself if she was unable to locate him.

Parents of all ages can understand where she is coming from here. We would not be able to sleep or eat for weeks if our children went missing. The idea of a small child lost and alone in the world is enough to bring anyone to tears. Just when it seemed like all hope was lost, the authorities made a crucial discovery that cracked open the case.

They found a set of small footprints out in the woods. As they followed William’s footprints, they realized that there was a second set next to them. As it turns out, William was not alone during this harrowing search. He had a dog beside him the whole time! 

Meanwhile, an older boy named Blake Carroll had just gotten home from school when he heard his uncle’s truck beeping at him. However, his uncle was not inside. The aforementioned dog was circling the truck, trying their best to get inside. You will never guess who was inside of the truck.

It was William! Blake and his uncle pulled the little boy to safety and at long last, this mother’s nightmare was over. Best of all, William was no worse for the wear. He had a few scratches and some bug bites but was otherwise fine. This young man had taken quite the late-night journey. 

Since William is a nonverbal child who is currently being tested for signs of being autistic, it is entirely possible that he did not respond when the officers tried to call out to him. Luckily, he had this heroic dog by his side to make sure he was okay. Jezebel is the dog’s name and she was hailed for keeping him safe during this disappearance. All’s well that ends well! Please be sure to share this story with your friends and loved ones on Facebook. 

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Zookeepers Set Up Camera And Capture Pregnant Rhino Giving Birth Without Any Assistance

Renee Yates

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For a whopping sixteen months, Asha carried her baby in her womb. Asha, a rare greater one-horned rhinoceros, lives at the Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England. Luckily, her labor and delivery were much quicker than the gestational period was for her baby Rhino to come into the world.

After only about 20 minutes of labor, Asha successfully delivered a healthy male calf in the early morning hours on May 3, 2018, at her home at the Chester Zoo. The staff at the zoo were able to capture Asha’s labor and delivery on video. The mama had an easy delivery on the floor of her enclosure and did not require assistance from the staff as she labored and brought her 132-pound baby boy. Once he is fully grown, Asha’s son will balloon to an eye-popping two tons plus in weight!

Guests of the Chester Zoo were excited to visit the little rhino and his mama in their exhibit. Asha’s baby is named Akeno which means “beautiful sunrise.” Along with his birth, Akeno’s first steps were also caught on tape along with snuggles with his 11-year-old mother Asha. They are a hit at the zoo and seem to be getting along well.

The staff at the well-visited zoo have been working towards keeping beautiful animals like Asha and baby Akeno together and better protected. One-horned rhinos are one-horned rhinos that are endangered at this point in a critical way and the staff is hoping the miraculous birth will not only attract visitors to the zoo but will draw attention to their work on this front. Animals like Asha and baby Akeno are the object of hunters who illegally poach them to be able to obtain their horns and sell them. There is a market for them as they are used in traditional Chinese medicine. A hunter can sell a single horn on the Asian black market for around $65,000 United States dollars. Even more offensive is the fact that wealthy hunters simply want the horns to hang on their walls and show off to friends as a status symbol of wealth and popularity.

According to a staff member of the Chester Zoo, not long ago there were less than 200 greater one-horned rhinoceros in the wild.

“They were hunted almost to extinction. Just in time steps were taken to protect them. Now there are about 2,600, but they still face threats in India and Nepal… it’s important we do all we can to stop their numbers going down to critical levels again.”

As the staff and many others work hard to fight against the illegally poaching of these beautiful animals, Asha and Akeno, who appears like he is dressed in a dark gray suit of armor, are enjoying their stay at the zoo and the many delighted visitors they come into contact with each day. The birth of Akeno on video has drawn more new visitors to the Chester Zoo and everyone seems to be happy with this new situation.

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Firefighters do not give up on horse stuck in mud

Renee Yates

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It was a warm summer night in August of 2018 when Chris and Tiffany Flynn of Castle Rock, Colorado, noticed the neighing of their horses out in the pasture.

The beautiful 1,200-pound Tennessee walking horse named Partner had vanished and they knew something was wrong and they needed to find him quickly. The couple made their way down to a nearby pond and found their missing horse.

Partner had somehow managed to slide down a 10-foot embankment into a giant mud pit, where he had become stuck. He simply could not get his ample body loose from the thick, sticky ground that had seemed to swallow him.

At first, Chris and Tiffany could only stand there and look at their poor horse while frozen in shock. As panic and confusion set in, they tried to form a plan of action to save the life of their much-loved yet giant horse.

The couple worked at desperately trying to free Partner but he began to sink even deeper into the thick, sticky mud pit that had consumed him and it seemed like an impossible feat to achieve.

Tiffany made her way into the mud, walking waist-deep in it, as her feet began to sink. The realization that she may not be able to escape the muddy hole herself was not lost on her. As Partner continued to struggle to free himself, the deeper he sank.

Chris phoned 911 for help and by 11 p.m., Castle Rock firefighters and other first-responders were on the scene of the Flynn home in the beautiful suburb of Denver. They had to lug their equipment to the area where Partner was stuck which was complicated by the large distance it was from the main road to the farm.

Hiking with their equipment in tow for about a half of a mile to Partner’s location, the firefighter began digging. The continued into the night for about three hours before they were able to use a sling, which required webbing and a pulley to create, to secure Partner and drag him back up the 10-foot embankment to safety. A local veterinarian was on the scene to treat and hydrate the horse after he was freed.

She specializes in large animals and said it was the most technically difficult rescues she has ever seen.

Lt. Jay Allen, a firefighter with the Castle Rock Police Department, told a local news station that he and the other firefighters would attempt to remove the mud and water from the area in which the horse was stuck to no avail at first.

“We would try to remove the mud and the water from him, but he was just stuck in there, that vacuum that was created from it. And so it took finally breaking that vacuum, that seal that was there for us to pop him up and out,” said Allen.

After hours of working diligently, the firefighters were able to free the beautiful horse from his pit of mud.

“It’s amazing to see Partner out of the pit. We are so grateful to the Castle Rock Fire Department and others for working to free Partner,” said Chris as he put his arms around Partner’s neck to reassure him that he was not in trouble for the freak accident.

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Think About the Science of the Mind Can Lead to a Happier Life

Shannon Jackson

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There are people who say that the mind is a place unto itself. It can be formed into heaven, hell, or anything in between. The brain is one of the most powerful machines. Given that no other intelligent life has been found anywhere else, many people believe the brain to be the most powerful, interesting, creative, and awesome machine that has ever been created. The brain is an incredibly complex thing and is responsible for everything that man has ever created, both concrete and abstract. In a sense, the brain is also amazing because it is completely organic. No matter how hard people try, they cannot make anything that compares to the human brain.

The brain gives rise to a host of impressive cognitive abilities and feats. It allows humans to think and feel. It gives rise to the imagination. It gives rise to perception. People can respond to emotions with concrete actions, weigh the options, and make the correct decision. Along with the feats of speaking and memorizing, the brain is incredibly powerful. Perhaps the most impressive part of the brain is the ability to process emotions and translate them into visible reactions.

There are lots of viewpoints when it comes to the mind and the brain. Some people think they are the same. Other people think they are different. Today, most people think that the brain contributes to the power of the mind. There are older views who believe the mind is totally different and is not connected to the physical body in any way. Therefore, the brain has also given rise to some of the most impressive debates in human history.

Now, there are people asking whether or not the mind is the sole property of humans. Does anyone (or anything) else out there have a mind? On this planet, there are millions of species. There have been millions of species in the past. Undoubtedly, there will be millions of species in the future as well. Throughout the entire time, people are the only species that appear to show any evidence of intelligence.

Scientists and engineers are working hard to come up with a way to mimic the human mind. Right now, they have settled on the development of AI. Many people have hailed this as a breakthrough. Some are afraid that something similar to Terminator or I Robot is going to come out of the development of AI. The development of AI is far more than just a fancy video game. It is more than automation technology. In reality, AI is the first technology to even attempt to replicate the human mind. It will be interesting to see where this research goes.

On the other hand, the development of AI has spurred the human research of the central nervous system. Neuroscience is the study of the physical nervous system and how it impacts the mind and body. It is the natural foil for the study of the physical motor system. There are plenty of ancillary fields such as psychology and psychiatry that study how people respond to a variety of situations and their emotions. Some of these extend into the clinical field. Now, people are pushing for the development of mindfulness and meditation as their own field. Evidence is starting to show that the study of the mind itself can lead to a happier life. Some people feel that when people study the mind, they study themselves. This can lead to the fulfillment of individual identity, making people feel fulfilled. Regardless, mindfulness is going to be important in the future.

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