As I was walking the dog on this beautiful May morning, I was reminded of all the many life lessons she has taught me. Like most family dogs I suppose, she is always on the lookout for the next walk or crumb to fall on the kitchen floor. She is almost 13 and these things haven’t changed. She lives the good life and in fact, her bed says “living the good life” right on it! Enjoy these words of wisdom from her. They are simple but true.
When in doubt, go for a walk. It clears your head and allows you to see things from a different perspective.
You can never give or receive too much love. Love that is unconditional is even better.
Enjoy your treats. It’s important to eat well and follow a healthy lifestyle but treats were invented for a reason too.
Be grateful for simple pleasures. When we have pizza, Sandi always gets a few pieces of the pepperoni. She sits quietly waiting. When she scores, the way she licks her lips, you’d think you had given her a 10 ounce steak.
Take a different route at least once a week. Different smells, sights and sounds will make you feel more alive and aware. It makes you curious about what’s coming up around the corner.
Stop and smell the flowers (or the hydrant). Take your time. Learn to practice patience. Enjoy the small things. Live your life with purpose and meaning.
Put your attention, energy, and focus on what you do want (thanks Marlene). This is how you will get more of it. This seems to work well for Sandi. She knows when we’re going out and she knows how to swindle her way into coming with us. She LOVES the car.
Take power naps when you can. 10-15 minute snoozes rejuvenate you and create a whole new energy.
Leave your footprints everywhere that matters to you. If you want to try something new or go somewhere new, make a realistic plan and follow the steps to get you there. Better to have left your mark than to have wished you had.
Feel good about your ability to sit and listen without speaking. This can be the greatest gift you offer someone in need of an ear.
If you need to help to get up on the couch as Sandi does or to do anything else, ask. Asking is a sign of courage and strength. Take comfort in knowing that.
Once in awhile, turn off the air conditioning in the car. Roll down your window and enjoy the breeze on your face. Let the wind soak into you and fill you with a renewed sense of energy, of being fully alive.
Look directly into the sun and towards the light. Let the warmth sooth your skin and fill your heart and soul with delight.
It’s a good life…
Enjoy the sunshine! Glo
(C) 2012 – True Bliss Coach Gloria Higdon