I lay watching the slow rotation of the ceiling fan, a very lazy start to the day indeed. Keeper (female whippet) lay sprawled out beside me. She was showing her nurturing side, concerned that today might be a repeat of yesterday.
She gets very concerned when I cry and wail. Velcro (male whippet) her older brother, takes it in stride, he saw and lived through my display of raw emotion, when my husband was in his final days, and Keeper got out and ran away. Yesterday he simply got up from his favourite chair in another part of the house, to come lie beside me, to lend me his support and quietly wait it out.
My son the other day, looked at me, and said, ” Mom, its OK to cry” and of course it is, but for me, I can’t just cry, I have to be totally shaken and depleted, the body has to over-ride my happiness and stubborn mind that tells me, that there is just so much to be thankful for. And of course there always is, I am so blessed.
However sometimes, the sadness, and discontent of others is too much for me to bear. I feel their pain, frustrations and disillusion. And I have learned that I cannot be happy for someone else. You can not lift the happiness from your life, like a shawl and put it around someone else. You can be kind, listen, share in their “present state” and lend what-ever support you can.
In the end, the choice belongs to them. Yesterday I cried, all the sadness, the disappointments that I have listened to for the last many days and months, welled up and demanded to be released. I wanted escape, and freedom from the continuous onslaught of negative news, the vicious nature that is surfacing in the world around us. The curiosity we seem to have for the gossip tabloids, that thrive by reporting or should I say offering up gossip about cheating, lying and fornication. Where we lust instead of love.
Time for some time out. Quality time without a cell phone, computer, laptop, or tablet. There is a reason, dogs (pets) are the best of friends. They offer unconditional love. Nothing more, nothing less.
Cherish your family and friends, offer kindness and understanding to those around you, when there is unkindness, or dishonesty aimed in your direction. Deflect it, or let it pass you by. Life is too short.
PL Calendar, day 26 Maintain a Positive Attitude and Wisdom will come to you.
mural is in Carleton Place, Ontario,CA