I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.
Leonardo da Vinci
I was watching an episode of Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan when something he said really struck a chord with me……
“Dogs live in the moment. They do not re-live the past or worry about the future.
Living in the moment, moment by moment works for me.
When we learn to live in the moment, we can find balance — in ourselves and with nature. “
I reflected on what Millan had said and considered my own dog (a 20 month old spoodle by the name of Angel) who greets everyone like they were her long lost best friend, even the Vet, who never sulks, gets upset or holds things against you. Who knows when to rest or be still and quiet, when its time to play, or be alert and more upbeat. She even knows when its time for a walk or a trip in the car simply by observing the actions of her human pack.
Could you imagine a dog having an issue with you because 3 weeks ago you accidently trod on their paw? And then there was that time you lost their favourite ball by tossing it into the bushes where it was never to be seen again? Do you think they worry about whether they will be getting their walk tomorrow or about having to travel in the car in a few days time or perhaps they might leave me in kennels again?
No way, because dogs are totally immersed in where they are at right here and now. Tuning into their surroundings taking in the sights, sounds and smells and picking up on the energy of the people and things around things them. They do not waste energy or time on what has been or what could be.
Imagine living in the moment, not worrying about what has past or what may be coming your way.
Imagine living life with no issues, hang ups or insecurities.
Imagine every moment as an opportunity for a new beginning, or different way of being.
Imagine seeing everyone afresh, just as they are without us projecting our preconceptions and issues on them.
Imagine every meeting is a chance to create a relationship based on being who you are right there and then based on love and truth not on past hurts or future worries.
Be like the dog, live in the moment. Let go of worrying about the past or trying to control the future.
Bring balance to your own life.
“When you have come to the edge
Of all light that you know
And are about to drop off into the darkness
Of the unknown, Faith is knowing
One of two things will happen:
There will be something solid to stand on or
You will be taught to fly” ~ Patrick Overton