The Grand View

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Persons are always saying that they are trying to get to the top! The top of their game.

The top of their job and their career.

But dogs have a different reason for getting to the top. We like the view. Yes. We see what you see. We feel what you feel. I’m not sure when this started to be ignored.

We went to a place this week called the New River Gorge National River. And we headed to a high place to see it.

The hike wasn’t too hard. In fact, I felt almost a little guilty about that. Because the views below should have been worked for. However, no one could earn that view. It was that beautiful.

This was definitely a grand view.

The view was a mix of mountains and river and train tracks and birds soaring ever so gently in the wind. Digby doesn’t like heights. But he even appreciated it for a moment.

West Virginia has made us be more self aware this week. It’s funny how each place wants to teach us something.

A view, a grand view doesn’t have to be beautiful. It can be awe inspiring, yes. But a true grand view can even be low. A grand view gives your perspective, depth, meaning. What do you learn about yourself there?

You may consider a West Virginia coal mine. Coal mines are low under ground. Not high. Yet, the lessons learned there are just as beautiful than from up high.

Why? No matter where we are in life, the high points, the low points, the places inbetween, well, we are there for a reason.

We may have went thru hard times. Maybe some were simply our fault and our making. But we choose not to stay there. We choose to work and to get to middle ground. Then higher ground.

But getting higher doesn’t mean looking down on ones below us. Because we were there too. It’s our responsibility to take someone up with us to a higher view if they want to go. It might be a harder climb. But it sure will be more rewarding.

What can you appreciate from your current viewpoint? If you want to get higher, go. But appreciate the view where you are too.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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