A doctor once persuaded the administration of a nursing home to bring in animals to be cared for by the residents: rabbits, hens, dogs, cats parakeets. Through this simple change, the entire community seemed to come alive.
People who had stopped talking or walking asked if they could take the dog for a walk. Parakeets were named and adopted. Mortality rates dropped and fewer psychotropic drugs were needed.
Because the pets gave people a sense of purpose.
To need purpose is part of being human.
In fact, when we lack a sense of direction to our lives, we begin to fall apart.
It’s not just that we desire it—there’s something fundamental to what we are.
But where do we find it?