There is a ton of controversy surrounding Michael Vick’s interview last night on 60 Minutes. If you read the comments on that site there are many, many hateful comments seasoned with some that are more forgiving. People are angry that he does not “seem” remorseful, “seems” more concerned about his career, and that he is not truly repentant.

Yes, what Michael Vick did was absolutely horrible.  I had the great honor of serving as a Faith Advisor to Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab Utah where many of the Vick, or “Victory” dogs as they came to be known at Best Friends, were initially housed during their rehabilitation.    Best Friends Michael Vick

The dogs were terrified and it has been a long road of recovery for them.  Then of course there are the many that died as a result of the dog fights, or that were shot after the fights because they were too weak to fight again. 

Yet the question is what are we going to do?  Do we encourage Michael Vick to work with the Humane Society of the US and other animal organizations to bring something positive out of this?  Or are we going to flow our energy into continuing to engage in anger and rage?  Because each of us has a choice as to where we place our attention and energy and what we do has an impact on the animals.   

I had an interesting experience with someone who is choosing to stay enraged last night. I posted the following comment on Wayne Parcelle’s (Director of the Humane Society of the US)  Facebook page in regard to the 60 Minutes interview:

“I believe it is very important for us to be part of the solution and extend forgiveness so that we can move into the education part without still engaging in anger ourselves. As we remove that energy we share peace and isn’t that what we all desire for all sentient beings…

Someone responded to my statement with:  “On the contrary, it’s not up to us to forgive. That can only come from the victims, and they are dead. Let’s not be so namby-pamby. Use Vick, but never, ever forgive him.”

Actually, dear readers, I believe it is far more challenging (and less namby-pamby) to forgive than to hold onto anger.  Change is difficult for many of us and to choose to release anger and rage is very courageous.  It means we can begin to focus on what we desire to accomplish in our world.  Holding onto anger and unforgiveness keeps us stuck where we are, not only individually, but collectively as a society.

So since last night I have been surrounding all of us in a loving prayer of healing for coming to our own decisions about where we stand on this issue and where we are choosing to align our energy. 

While still feeling repulsion for the acts that Vick committed, I am choosing to focus on the positive that can come out of this event.  I am affirming that even if Vick’s heart is not completely changed, as he steps forward to educate youth about the importance of treating all animals with the love and kindness they deserve, that it will have a ripple effect on our world. 

Blessings of of love and peace,