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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Where The Moss Grows

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. If I meet you, you can probably be pretty sure that I am going to ask you for a back rub and a massage.

It doesn’t matter if you are young, or even a baby.

It doesn’t matter if you are older in years, or even as old as Brickle looks. I will ask you for a back rub and a massage.

Since I’m not partial on what people look like or what number their age says they are, it confuses me when others judge on age. Or why they don’t think that someone who is 90 can’t give a better back rub that someone who is a baby. Yes. I’ve asked a baby.

When we were hiking in the West Virginia mountains this week, I saw lots and lots of moss.

Girl Person said that sometimes, people get confused about what are ferns and what are moss. But she said moss doesn’t ever have flowers and it doesn’t have roots.

It takes just the right circumstances for moss to grow. And once it does grow, with the right conditions, it can live a very long time. Just like persons.

So why do some view older persons as having less value?

They may not think that they do. But do they take time to talk to them or visit them? Sometimes, the closest friendships are ones you woukd never expect.

Older persons like moss may not see the sunlight very often. Maybe they are at their houses a lot. And just like moss won’t come to you, sometimes they can’t come to you. You may have to make the effort to hike in the forest to see moss or go to an older persons’ house. Maybe bring some pancakes or cookies. That’s a suggestion.

When we visit places, every place has a lesson for us in nature. Every state inspires us.

That lesson may be different for each one of us. But it is there. You have to look. Listen. And don’t ignore it.

Just like dogs get older and persons get older, you will get older too. Learning to appreciate others now will help you to appreciate and value yourself later on.

Where the moss grows is a beautiful place full of experience and history. Plan a visit. Even bring some sunshine with you.

Learn from the moss. And brush up on your back rub skills.

I’ll be expecting a good one. No matter what your age.

Deputy Digby Pancake

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