My boyfriend has a 100-year-old tortoise named Lenny that he lets roam around his apartment. When friends are over, he likes to put a dish towel over Lenny's shell and set drinks on him and use him as a serving table. I feel this is exploiting Lenny's innocence and cheerful disposition. Plus, the drinks sometimes topple over and make a mess, which makes me angry. What should I do?
Readers in Ohio.
P.S. Do you believe in reincarnation?
It's been said a long life is good. A short life is also good. What matters is what we accomplish while we are here... for ourselves and others. One day we'll look back on our lives and take stock of everything we've done. Why not make the view worth it? Bad things happen to innocent and guilty alike. We wonder: Why? We can't control what happens to us... only our reaction to what happens. We must do good while we can. It was Goethe who said, "Choose wisely. Your choice is brief, yet endless." Throughout the ages people wonder... why do bad things happen to good people? Some say we are the sum total of all our experiences... present and past lives. Who knows? What matters is what we do to improve ourselves and the world with our actions. HERE AND NOW.
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