You know, some days are just annoying. And some, kinda awful. And sometimes, rotty stuff lasts for more than a day or fourteen . . .

Typewriter Close Up with Thank You Word

Despite best efforts, now and then (hopefully only now and then!) a sack of manure gets dropped on your doorstep.  Happens to us all.  And even in the midst of it when we know this too will pass, and we work all of our spiritual tools, well, at times you just want to take a gun and blast something.


Okay, so that may be a bit harsh.  But I’m in a midst of an “issue,” as my dear friend and obedience trainer Denise Tatro says.  Too bad this one isn’t just a dog-training one!


Denise, though, never lets life get her down.  And she’s been through it.  I’ve known her since I was twelve, and she’s dealt with a disability all her life (although you’d never know it), as well as all the “normal” crap life throws at you, and the not so normal, such as losing a sister two years ago.


But you better not complain to her.  Denise’s way is to buck up and go on.  She always inspires me—and everyone else within her sphere.


It’s in the “bucking up and going on,” however, where the devil resides in the details.


The bible says to be grateful in all things—even the seemingly not-so-good ones.  And while everything is going swimmingly, isn’t that just so easy to see and do?  But when that proverbial sack of sh$%t lands on your doorstep . . .


So, today I focus on being grateful for what I have.  I appreciate life—in all its happiness and woes.  I mean, I’m healthy.  My gaggle of Labradors is healthy.  I wrote well this morning on the new novel.  Right now, in this second, I’m happy.  And if I can just keep focused on this moment . . .


And that’s the ticket, no?  To find peace and happiness no matter the circumstances.  As Miester Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”


At obedience class Denise had us all dress up like idiots, and we spent the evening laughing.  If anything gets me out of my frump, it’s acting a fool with a bunch of my friends.  How seriously can you take life then?  I saw dogs dressed up as bumblebees and flying monkeys and Superman.  Just the thought of it makes me smile.


What I hate about this recent “issue” is that it’s about a person causing me grief, not a thing.  A person I love.  And that strikes at the core of us.


Don’t’cha just love how I went right back to the problem?  After I’d been focusing so well on gratitude and appreciation.  LOL.  And that’s how it goes for me, the back and forth.


Today I’m also grateful for beautiful fall weather, for all the folks who bring peace into my life.  And oh, yep, the Labradors swirling at my feet J


And I know, truly know, that obstacles bring with them the seeds of good.  As author and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said:

Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.


How do you appreciate life?





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