Your Switch

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Mornings are a bit slow around here.

I used to like getting up at the crack of dawn and watching all the happenings at camp thru my front window. But lately, Deputy Digby and I prefer to just wake up as slow as we want to. Girl Person always asks me if I need to go outside before she makes her mud in a cup.

But I like waiting until she has her cup of mud and we go outside together while Digby snores and dreams some more. He says there is never enough dreaming in life.

As the years have went on, you would think that Depression Monster that lurks around here would get tired. But he never does. Girl Person says camping helps in some ways, because the more we move the harder it is to find us. And she recognizes what she has to do to shut out the darkness of the monster. She has to find her switch. Every day.

For Girl Person, she needs the light. Sunshiney and fresh air has to wake her up more than coffee. She says that if she walks outside first, she can literally feel that switch being flipped.

For Boy Person, he likes to make sure he fills the bird feeder up for the birds and hungry, hungry pigeons. That is his switch.

Have you ever wondered how things truly affect us each day? One thing can make our switches go dim or go out completely. Like stress of work, traffic, the news or sadness. If we have figured out what can switch our lights back on, that’s the first step when we find ourselves in the dark.

Seems to me that persons have two things that fight a lot in their heads. Negativity and positivity. Kind of like electricity and that switch. Some of them can turn on the positive faster. Some have to search and search to find it in the first place. So can those in the light help those in the darkness find their switch too? Together, can we all guide each other when one of us gets down?

We all have a responsibility to know what affects us. What may bring me down, like a lack of peanut butter cookies, may not matter to many others. What you feel is important is important to you too.

When we realize that all of us have a switch inside us, it can be comforting. It’s comforting because each of us have the power to feel better. And that can make us feel strong. Some of us like the snow. Some of us like the beach. Some of us like the desert. Some of us like dessert. Oh. That’s Digby.

And if all of us find our happy, that’s a lot of switches being turned on. That’s a lot of light. And you can’t have darkness with light. So as we gear up for our trip, we’ve got the lights on. Thanks for helping us find the switch. It was hard to see.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

Walk The Walk

This is Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle. Walking is what we do. All day. Every day. Unless we are sleeping.

Or unless we are traveling.

Or unless we are eating.

So yeah. We do a lot of walking. In fact, we have walked in all the 48 contiguous states. We have walked in the sunshiney, we have walked in the snow, we have walked in the rain. And well, sometimes you get tired of waking. And then it’s back to the sleeping and eating and all that other stuff. Which is how things are supposed to be. But what happens when you can tell a million other people how to walk and where to walk, but you don’t feel like walking?

Yeah. We were tested the last few months with a lot of things going wrong. We lost people we loved, we had some disappointments happen. And we still aren’t thru the storm. In fact, we feel in a way that we are getting ready for a hurricane when the Big Blue Treat Wagon pulls out of here in less than two weeks. So we want to say we are sorry for not being able to walk as fast as we used to. And we realized that we were being pretty forgetful. To say the least. Positivity seemed liked a destination we would never find again.

Have you ever felt like you were just waiting for the sky to fall? That’s how we have been feeling. Because when the RV wants to act out, well, it’s really acting out. Boy Person can fix just about anything. But maybe sometimes you don’t want to fix things. You want the problems to not be there in the first place. And then you start feeling sorry for yourself. And that’s been us. The persons said that if in fact we are going on this next trip for Digby and I, they need to remember that. Because when you are doing something for someone else, even if it’s hard, if you love them, it’s worth it.

You don’t complain. You don’t look back. Because looking back is a waste of time. And it’s really hard to walk backwards.

Sure. We have some more work to do and repairs to make to get going and planning. But we aim to tell you next week where our route will take us and what this trip will be about. This is for me and Digby. We’ve had a rough year. Time marches on right across all of us.

By trying to encourage all of you, it keeps us motivated not to let you down. Not one of us has a perfect life. Yes. We would like things to be easier one day. But we will work with what we’ve got now and try to make the best decisions from today on. That’s all we can do. It’s time for us to walk the walk. To make the most out of this time we have, especially with Digby. We didn’t think we would have this time.

So let’s get moving. Packing. Preparing. We may have our not so positive days. But we promise that we will never go anywhere…except forward. However, if you see us on the side of the road, at least wave.

Sheriff Peanut Butter Brickle

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