Tell Me a Story

During the past few days I have been going much introspection. Which direction are my kids heading? Where is my career heading? How do I feel about my volunteer work? Can I make some changes? You Bet!

When I think about all of the contributions available to us….wow! We all have the same 24 hours in the day and how we choose them makes the difference between feeling fulfilled and seeking.
Most people have a balance of these two attributes. When we get out of balance we get agitated and we become short.

We we are acting in complete selflessness it is amazing how much we can do. Getting to the point of selflessness can be a great challenge. It means we must put ourselves out of our minds….

So how do we do this? We shift our focus on someone or something else. Really look under the hood and cultivate a sincere interest in this other “something.” This becomes the seed from which great giving and compassion can take root.

Want to try it out? Try having a conversation with the next child or eldlerly person you come in to contact with…they have stories. THey want to share.

Enjoy the moment and let me know how it goes….I love a good story.

Here she is…

Gracie and my daughter

Here she is…blond hair, brown eyes, cute little smile and four legs; Gracie.

She is an 11 week old golden doodle.  Mom is a golden retriever, dad a poodle.  She arrived in my home at 8pm on Saturday night.  She is a little ball of fur and a bundle of joy.

So far so good, she is training well and has a mild disposition.  I know it’s early but I will take whatever I can get.  Gracie will train to become a therapy dog.  This will start with puppy manner classes that I will enroll in within the next few weeks.  It should be fun and a learning experience for both of us. 

Yesterday I sent out calendars to family members as a delayed Happy New Year.  I am hopeful that they will add a little sunshine and warmth to this time of year.   Tomorrow I have more sunshine mail planned.

Last week was a real challenge with the cold, wind, snow and ice.  Today our temperatures got up to 28 degrees and it was wonderful.  The sunshine also felt bright and nourishing.  I am reading for an uplifting week.  Between my small activities and my new furry family member I can tell it’s going to be a great week.

If you are reading this – I am sending you my best, warm wishes and thank you for sharing my puppy sentiments.

Welcome Gracie!