Day 36 – Bird’s eye view

It happens to everyone at some point–life just gets to flying by and you’re so busy and bogged down and buried that you feel yourself getting lost in the middle of it. There was a time in my life when these situations may have overwhelmed me, stopped me in my tracks, knocked me flat on my ass. We’ve all had those moments haven’t we? When things just sort of spiral out of control? But what I’ve learned through the years is how to maintain balance, how to stand in that crazy, chaotic space and not let life knock me down.

What can I say? I’m stubborn.

But more than that, I think I’ve managed to develop a pretty decent perspective. And it has a little something to do with this…

“Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new suit in a men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee like this.” -Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks

Maybe I’m a glass-half-full girl. Maybe my default these days tends to be on the positive, looking for opportunities in the challenges. It’s not that I ignore issues or never feel frustration–it’s that I don’t allow myself to get bogged down and wallow in it.

Trust me, I’ve been there. And life is way too short to stay in that negative space and be miserable.

Instead, I make a choice every day–a choice to do the best I can with the circumstances presented to me. I can’t control everything. (Not even close!) But I can control the way I react, and the way I choose to respond. And I’m going to make mistakes along the way. We all do. And I’m okay with that, because I’m going to own those mistakes and learn from them and use what I learn to do better.

It’s been a really busy few days (hell, it’s been a really busy few months, years, decade!), but even in those busiest times, I make a point to be present, to give myself that present, to find the little bits of beauty in every day. And this was one of those moments today, looking up to see some soft snow flurries beginning to swirl outside my window, and a large hawk perched serenely on the bare branch of a tree.

I paused for a moment to admire him, thinking what a gift it is to see the world from that bird’s eye view, having the opportunity to look around at that big picture and not get lost in the details. It was a long day, a busy day, a challenging day. No doubt. But from where I’m sitting and soaking it all in, it was a really good day too. Because every day is a good day, if you get out of your own way and allow it to be..

Project Life 365 – Day 80 – Weather

Well, yesterday may have been the first official day of spring, but it looks like winter isn’t giving up on us yet. After such a great afternoon spent playing outside and enjoying the sun and mild temperatures earlier this week, both Cadence and Electra had a hard time believing their eyes when they woke up this morning and saw the abrupt change in the weather…

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365 Project – Day 346 – The Art of Hunting Squirrels

Anyone who ever said that squirrels are stupid has obviously never watched one maliciously taunt a dog.

One of the things I love the most about the new house is all the big windows that let in light all day long. Electra loves them too because they are low enough that she can actually see out in spite of her short half basset hound legs. Poor dog didn’t even know what she was missing. But now she does, and it’s driving her crazy…

Tonight’s 365 Project is dedicated to our dear Electra and her squirrely tormenters. We have plans to install a dog door in the spring. Until then, she will have to be content to bide her time and plan her attack.