Your Dog Is Really Cute

This is Deputy Digby Pancake. If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a kind word worth? I say a million pancakes. And that’s a lot of pancakes.

We have had many dreary and rainy days lately. Days when the rain comes pouring down. Days when the storm clouds won’t pass. Days when it feels like the sun will never come out. And sometimes it doesn’t. At all.

It’s been easy to get down when we can’t be outside as much as we want to.

And yet, life goes on with or without the sun. Doesn’t it?

But often, all we can see is what we are going thru. Or how we are feeling. We are in our own world. And it’s easy not to see what is happening with others.

As Girl Person was taking a walk thru camp on a dreary day, she saw someone else walking their dog. They seemed kind of down too. And Girl Person didn’t really feel like talking to anyone. She was cold. And her feet were wet from her wet shoes. And yet, this person had a dog. And something in Girl Person’s mind told her to just say it.

“Your dog is really cute.”

The person looked up surprised. She didn’t want to talk to anyone either. But she felt a little ray of sunshine all of a sudden. And she smiled. And it seemed like the weather changed a little bit. But only on the inside.

That’s the way it is. You can’t change the weather. Sometimes you can’t change anything. You can change how you handle it. And often, the best way to make your day better when you can’t change your situation is to make someone else’s day better.

It’s not easy to do. Not everyone can be in a good mood all the time like me.

But it’s something to work towards isn’t it?

So say something nice today to someone. It can be when you’re walking down the street and you see someone frowning. It can be letting someone go ahead of you in the grocery store line. Whatever you choose to do today, tell us about it. Pass it on. Your dog is really cute, by the way. See? It’s that easy.

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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.

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