A couple of days ago I was feeling overwhelmed and rather stressed with what occurred in my day. Although, I was excited from having just returned home from what were amazing and fun photography experiences, with gorgeous fur babies and their huMum’s. After completing some errands, I was then faced with dealing with our 5th day of no internet connection, and what feels like a mammoth task of getting through to Telstra and Foxtel!
As I made my way to my home office, I walked past our boy Blaze. I was watching him and how peaceful he looked just laying on the floor looking up at me with those gorgeous big brown puppy dog eyes as if to say to me, ‘Why are you so stressed, Mumma?” I uploaded my client’s gorgeous photographs. I looked at each photo of her fur babies that were smiling, playing, resting, bringing me toys, taking yummy fresh chicken treats, and well, just being amazing fur babies. I looked over to Blaze again, who had made his way to my office floor and was sitting next to me wanting to play. I looked down at him and said, “It’s so simple being a fluffy puppy doggy isn’t it, Blaze?!” Those beautiful, big, brown eyes looked up at me as if to say, “Why don’t you just do what you want to do, Mumma?” It made me stop and think of that very thing, why aren’t I just doing what I want to do? Why am I resisting so much against the very thing my heart and mind is telling me? Why am I pushing myself to do something that although I need to get it done, and I will get done, but why aren’t I giving myself a break? I had been up since 6am, had already been out to 2 photography experiences. After that, I went on several errands that took up most of my afternoon. It was now 3:27pm and yet the one thing I hadn’t done was stopped to take a break. Surely, I deserve a break through my day. Surely, being in business for myself allows me to pause and refresh.
And that’s when I really sat and thought, why we can’t be more like our fur babies?
We resist so much in our daily lives. We continue think, over thinking, wonder about the future, reminisce about the past, thinking about mistakes, what if’s and could be’s…
But what good does any of that do for us? Where does that get us?
And then I looked down at Blaze again, who was patiently sitting next to me on the floor. His eyes said to me, “Come on, Mumma. Aren’t we going to play?”
Dogs are so lucky. They simply live in the present. Even on their ‘down days,’ their main objective is to always please us, their huMum’s and Dads. When dogs want to get up and play, they get up and play. They know when you need to play with them. They bring us their favourite toy. When Blaze brings us his favourite toy, he leads me around the house to play chasey. He doesn’t overthink about all the things he hasn’t done or has to do – he just does what he wants to do in the here and now. He lives for the present; what a great example to me. When we think about the past, we can only learn from it. When we think about the future, we can only hope for it. But, living in the present and being present makes more sense? Sometimes we need to do as Elsa says and “Let it go! ” and be present. Live in the now and make the most of each precious moment that is our gift. “The fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all,” if I just let go and stop resisting.
So, lets round up our fur babies and grab our toys, blankey, treats… and lets enjoy our now. At the same time, why not round up the kids and go on a picnic with everyone. Be present and let go of the things that hold us back. When I let go and be present with my Blaze, I look into the big, beautiful brown eyes and know that I’ve chosen to do the right thing.
“Come on, Blazey boy. Let’s go play…”