Home late from five days at a trade show. Days without sun and with forced air. Nights on a pull out sofa, with the metal bar in my back. You know the drill. I was premiering numbers of new lines, new work, new job emphasis. I spoke to hundreds of people from all over the country. Weary? Ye, but no rest for the weary as far as my dogs or clients know. A wake up call from the east coast came two hours earlier than the alarm was set. Then the big black dog was nosing in my face: “It’s hot in here and I have to have my morning yard time…let me out.” That fabulous big black dog who just last week wrapped his 88.5 pounds around me like a fur stole last when my ankle stepped in a hole and I was laid out on the ground. THAT dog breathing in my hot-not-yet-awake-and-oh-so-tired face.
See and savor the simple good things in your life.
Here’s a wonderful chance to practice. Practice seeing the joys. Door open. WATER on for coffee and the search on for shoes. Half awake I managed his walking collar and got out the garage door. The early morning smells woke up the other half of me. I laughingly quoted to myself, “You can get a lot of sleep when you’re dead, Mary Anne.” I heard the baby birds. Their mom and dad have already been out foraging and maybe they didn’t want to get up either. Everything’s the story we say it is.
I smelled the grass. I saw the flowers waking up. I listened to the sound of my Big Black Dog’s feet on the ground. “Heel~ good dog!” He IS a good dog. I have wonder and awe that I get a whole pack of dogs and a sweet man who cares for them all, all by himself, when I am having to travel so much. I am delighted that I get to get up early and walk Woodrow before I climb in the car again and head off my island home. I GET to… gEt to. What a difference an “e” makes between “get to,” and “got to.”
Be delighted. There’s wonder and awe and honey everywhere for a heart that is willing to WAKE UP and see.
About the guest author
Mary Anne Radmacher is a writer and artist who has touched the hearts of many with her popular cards, books, posters, journals, and gift books. She conducts workshops and writing seminars on living a full, creative, and balanced life. She is the author of Lean Forward into Your Life and Live Boldly. She lives with her husband near Seattle, Washington.
Betty Lochner is the Owner of Cornerstone Coaching & Training. She specializes in personal and organizational transformation and is the author of Dancing with Strangers: Communication skills for transforming your life at work and at home.
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