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Learning to LIVE like a DOG

Posted Dec 13 2011 7:27am
"Dekker Black"

Dekker Black in 2009 @ on the River

As I sit here in the early morning hours, I am transfixed by the haphazard sprinkle of lights against the black canvas of night.

Silence permeats the cloak of darkness, and yet, there is this innate knowing that city life is slowly awakening to brewing pots of coffee and tea, and that a new day will soon be in full force.

The melancholiness of the hour mimicks my heart as I realize that today is the one year anniversary of the death of my beloved pug, Dekker Black.  Perhaps the near close call of my father’s departure from this world is also not far from my thoughts this morning.

But I have determined in my heart that even though my heart is heavy with a longing for those wet kisses that were often snuck in on the sly, or that silly tilt of the head that all pugs seems to be born with, that I am going to remember the wonderful years I had with Dekker.

My father’s heart attack made me realize how much of our life is so silly and meaningless.  When placed up against the departure of a loved one, the “seriousness of life” or the supposed significance of a ‘problem’ suddenly dim in comparison.

"Double Hope"

"Double Rainbow"

What appeared to be so important, suddenly in the blink of an eye, is not.

Thus, the lense of life is dramatically changed and what is truly important is magnified.

One of the most important lessons I learned, again, from my dad is to never forget to tell those in my life what they mean to me and how proud I am of them.

Can you remember the last time someone told you they are proud of you?   Something so simple to do, and yet, something we often forget.

Or … when was the last time that you told that amazing friend how much you loved them?  Again, something so simple, and yet, something we often think we have plenty of time to do so we continually keep puttting it off.

Dogs are amazing creatures because they have learned to live in the moment.  They don’t worry about yesterday and past offenses and they have no concern about tomorrow.  They just want your attenion, love – now.  (smile)

"Play Time is Now"

Play Time is NOW!

Perhaps a great goal for the new year (for me at least) is to learn to live like Dekker did?

It would be the greatest tribute I could pay to him for the wonderful years I had with him.

As Christmas slowly inches towards us, please remember to take time to tell those who are important in your life how much they truly mean.

And  … whatever has happened in the past, well … perhaps leaving it there is best.

As for tomorrow, we can’t do anything about it, so let’s just focus on today, eh?

I hope each of you know how important you are to me.  You have been such a blessing and a gift in my life.  You allow me to share your ups and your downs with you, you encourage me and so many others, and you never cease to amaze me with your courage to confront one more day.

Know that you are in my heart and thoughts today, that I love you, and how incredibly proud I am of you!  (smile/wink)

Determined to continue forward,


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