This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Oh, this North Carolina place. Every time we visit a new place, I think that I can’t possibly be the handsomest dog there. But every time, the beauty of every place makes my beauty shine. Yes, even in a dark forest, I bring the light. I light up my own life.
Usually, a forest does not make you think of light. The forest is usually dark like my moods. But even in a forest, when you are looking for the beach, there is light to be found.
Yes, I may be away from my beach for a little while, my ocean. But Digby’s happy makes the forest light up for me. Yes, even me.
You see, it is not often that I think of much besides myself or peanut butter cookies. But Girl Person tells me all the time that it is not all about me. Although the way she kisses me all day, I beg to differ. Girl Person says that if we work to create light for others, that we will naturally light our own way, and our own path. She said that even when darkness is all around for us, finding a way to make someone else happy will light up our life.
The forest speaks to Digby in ways I don’t fully understand. For some reason, he likes to take skinny paths and get lost in the trees. He likes to smell stuff and roll in stuff deep in the woods. He likes to hunt for unmentionables and he would love to get lost for hours. To him, the forest and the woods are like a sweet, large pancake. He loves them. And although this may not be my happy place, if Digby wasn’t happy, I wouldn’t be happy. Even with all my light in my own life.
Even in the forest, if you look, you will see light trying go get through.
Even though the trees are blocking the way, light works hard to reach the ground where we are.
Even if we think that our days are as dark as they can be, we have to keep looking for the light. It is there. There is always hope.
When we think we can’t look anymore, that is the chance to look for ways to make someone else’s light come thru. For Digby, when his tail is high and determined and leading our path, I know things are going to be ok.
We all go through dark times in our life. For us, we have learned that if we keep going, we will make it through. Even though we don’t know where that destination is. For you, as much as I know how handsome I am, I also know for you that things are gonna work out. They are gonna be ok.
Find your light by finding someone else’s. If you are having trouble finding it, know you are not alone. Others feel the same. We have to encourage each other to keep looking.
Then, as bight as my light is on my handsome brindle body, your light will find it’s way down thru the forest too.
-Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle