Most stories spin in my head until my brain demands that I write them down. The horror comes when the inspiration arrives during a time when I have nothing to write on or no device to record my thoughts. Such was the case today while running with my husband, and German Shorthair Pointer, Cleve. We had six more miles and a story unfolding like the running path in front of us.
Cleve eyed a squirrel, gave the Dad the hopeful look and a promise he’d catch it if Daddy would just let go of the leash. Daddy said, No. Not today.
Another squirrel crossed our path. Cleve gave him a hunter’s prance and puppy dog eyes. Again, Dad said no. But Cleve remained positive, prancing, and confident that another opportunity to chase down a squirrel would present itself. He hunted for squirrels the entire 6.75 miles with a bold look of joy and optimism on his face.
What would happen if we became like our ever-hopeful dogs? Possess a positive attitude and not accept any truth other than this is kind of cool, and things are gonna work out fine. Imagine if we could read the expressions on our pet’s faces and hear their words–feel the magic of being ever-hopeful, never doubting, full of joy, and oh, so content.
That a piece of food will fall from the table
That we will get the whole bag of Pupperoni’s
That our owner will take us for a ride
–with the windows down
Never doubting for a moment~~
That they will remember to feed us dinner
Forget that they already fed us dinner–and feed us again
That God sent the sunbeam just for us to lay in
Full of joy~~
When our loved ones come home
When they give us kisses and pat our heads
When they say our names
When we go for a walk
And, oh so content~~
To snuggle on the couch next to you
To sleep under your chin when it’s cold
To claim you as their own
Perhaps humans should adopt our pet’s open hearts and ever-hopeful spirits. Do they ever look less buoyant after a missed squirrel, no table scraps, or a rainy day? No, my friends, they don’t. Because they know each day is an opportunity for another walk in the sunshine, a fantastic meal, and a great belly rub.
Another chance to be full of joy and ever-hopeful.
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