My mom may have been called a bitch but she taught me some pawsitive things that still serve me well and keep me well and happy.
1. Stretch when you wake up and regularly through the day. Pups do this automatically. Us elders need to think about it more. It improves the muscle tone, increases muscle control, and improves flexibility and range of motion.
2. Give thanks for your blessings. Start everyday with a small paws for the things you are grateful for. Pepper you day with thoughts of what you are grateful for… big or wee. It will help keep your attitude positive and your will strong. Sometimes blessings are in disguise. Give thanks for them too.
3. Give thanks for your lessons. Sometimes things are easy and come with training treats. Sometimes they are harder and not easy to understand. Take time to give thanks for all your lessons for they make you who you are and lay the groundwork for the next steps.
4. Look at your reflection and contemplate where you are and where you want to go. When I see another dog in the mirror, reflected back at me, I see the beauty of who I am, who I am becoming and whom I will be. I leave a trail of paw prints behind me making it easier for the next pup to follow! What trail have you blazed? Big or small we love them all!
5. When you do something you love. Do it passionately, go full out! This is the joy of life. Do not miss out on it!!
6. Take time to touch a loved one, Snuggle, hug. Makes everyone a little better. Touch is a great healer!
7. Trust. It is all already taken care of. Everything and everyone and every occurrence is for a reason. You may not understand right now…. But you will!
8. Let your creativity speak. Do not squash it or judge it or make it not good enough. When your muse speaks through you, you do not know where the message is needed.
9. Enjoy what you do and do what you enjoy. If you are not either change the activity or change your attitude about it. Why spend any time in misery?
10. Be yourself, be comfortable!