Saturday, July 13, 2013

Finding Peace in the Dog Moments

I was looking for peace. Pablo the Chihuahua and I were out for a walk around the neighborhood and, between the exercise and the near-death experience brought on by an angry Irish Setter on the loose, I think we both got a lot out of it. Pablo got some serious cardio and a newfound realization that he isn't nearly as intimidating as he thinks he is (a hard life lesson for a Chihuahua). I got to breathe in some fresh air and feel an important connection to nature and the value of life... my own and my dog's.

One of the most peaceful people I've ever known was a religious man, a man of the cloth. He was the leader of his congregation when I knew him and I count him among the most influential people I've ever known. He used to say that his most spiritual moments came not in a house of worship and not among other people, but late at night when he took his dog outside for a walk. He said that having that time alone with his dog, walking in the darkness, he was able to reach a point of having an honest and satisfying spiritual experience. Those moments gave him peace.

I'll never forget that lesson, that we can sometimes be surprised where we can find our own peace. My friend clued me in to the idea that we need to pay attention to the moments that come unexpectedly and allow us to look deep within ourselves and realize who we are in the world. And that these moments can bring us true peace.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Independence Day 2013

Happy Birthday, America. It's time to take a break from everything else going on in the summertime and celebrate the great country we live in. Between the barbecues, the community events, and the fireworks, be sure to remember the real meaning of the holiday.

While we're celebrating, take a moment to think of our men and women in uniform. Our military doesn't take the day off. Ever. Thank you to those who have given us so much.

Take some time to think of our pets too. Protect them from the sounds and the heat that can endanger their health.

Happy Independence Day!