Monday, September 29, 2008

Day 36

There are worse things than Mondays. There are worse things than "The Impending
Financial Crash of Western Civilization as We Know It." In this world it is so easy to fall into a place where all one sees is the disaster and crisis within every minute of every day, and yet this morning I woke up thankful.

Today I awoke with my husband beside me, and there were many days when that was a privilege I did not have. I awoke in the knowledge that all of my kids were fine, again a privilege I have not always enjoyed. I got myself up and went for a walk in the morning with Willie and Bear and realized in that time that what is important to me in life, I have, and that is a great feeling. Life is not always easy, and there are days when the struggle to survive seems so overwhelming, but we do and things continue on. The work day is done, goldfish get fed and the dogs are walked, but there is a time after all of that, when the dinner has been served and the dishes are done, that emerges in the pounce of a puppy, the toss of a ball, the wag of a tail and the peace that comes from knowing that the world is still turning. There is a being beside me whose only desire is to be sure that it can see me, be with me and interact with me. Part therapist, part friend and the rest, a guardian angel, I have a dog who is my friend and along with all of the other blessings in my life, I am blessed by this great beastie of a dog sleeping beside my chair.

Maybe I'm wrong, but I count myself a wealthy woman.

Happy wandering!

The Writer...and her dog, Bear


~Marie~ said...

You are very wise! No matter how bad the day i have though, all I know is that when I look into the sweet brown eyes of Peanut, I'm am the luckiest person on earth. I also think that when I look at my boyfriend.....They are my two favorite guys!

saratogajean said...

Dogs can definately remind you to be grateful. And cheerful. And loving, gracious, forgiving, and loyal. Plus a bunch of other stuff I don't think we have words for.

Irene said...

Sometimes it is good to count your blessings and see what is still good in your life, to remind yourself not to get too down in the dumps. A dog is a great reminder of the good stuff. True hearted as they are.

Katherine Mikshenas said...

Thank you for blessing my day! I was feeling kind of gloomy today and your post made me look at my own life. I have so very much to be thankful for. Keep writing! Your writing is quite a blessing to people. God bless you,

Kathy Mikshenas