I just returned form West Virginia where I was teaching Medical Students healers and other health care providers how to Follow Their FEEL GOOD and connecting with Nature at Dr. Patch Adam’s Gezundheit Insitutute….it was a blast.
We got to go on a field trip (Field trips ROCK!) and went on an off the grid journey to Joel Rosenthal of Point of View Farm’s home. To get there there are no roads. You have to cross a river via pick up truck or wade across. His land is GLORIOUS… filled with old deciduous forest, rolling hills and lovely mountains and valleys where the fog lingers til noon and then burns off to reveal a spectacular site! Joel is a wildlife Resucuer (and a former NIH Researcher) who just fought a 30 lawyer team in Supreme Court and won the right to care for these the 4 bears he currently has.
I am not here to judge whether he was right or wrong in his argument with the Supreme court or whether wild animals should ever be kept by humans. What I learned from Joel is that he cares deeply about the rights of others, his own rights and Bears. When I asked him what his legacy would be – he said, (and I paraphrase)
“I am the luckiest man alive. I pinch myself daily. I get to live on thei beautiful land and solve problems, make mistakes and do the things I want…that is it.”
Can you say that you are the luckiest man or woman alive…and if not…why not? What would you need to change in your life to make it so? What legacy do you want to leave?
Joel says that he doesn’t like people much and that most people who meet him grow to hate him…but if you watch this clip- you’ll see how much he LOVES Bears:) After the cub Zeuss drinks her formula she likes a snuggle session with Joel- you can hear the purring noise she makes- so delightful! It was impossible for me to hate Joel Rosenthal- I admired him and love that he loves bears.
Additional note from Joel Rosenthal:
Sarah, Thanks for all the comments. It should be added that I do not have any intentions of keeping the bears. All are orphans that I am caring for. They will all be released into the wilderness around me. If possible each fall I will put any that come back into enclosures to prevent them from being shot by hunters.