Perspective
Thursday, 25 February 2010 10:56

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So the other day, between my instant (and barky) zoo, all the health problems that friends and family are having, and the Dachshunds in my little extended "dog family" that have died or been ill in the last couple of months, I sort of had a miniature mental meltdown.  Jody, sweetheart that he is, hauled my leaky self to the gym and afterward took sweaty me to the Morrison Inn for $42 worth (exactly 78 ounces including ice) of Juan's fancy Margaritas (OMG!).  This little dive bar is in a quaint little foothills town that is famous for it's Red Rocks Amphitheatre; right up the road from us.  In retrospect, I am lucky Coach Mean Devil didn't march me over to Red Rocks to make me run the stairs. :)

Anyway, I digress.  Even though nothing directly was happening to me, I had this suffocating feeling of being completely overwhelmed and had a whole bunch of whiney "why-me" type crap floating around in my noggin...which is funny, since, again, none of this was happening directly to me, but to dogs and people I care about.  It was so much.  Why ALL these people? And then, in the giant 32 ounces of my favorite margarita in the world, it came to me, as clear as glass - the circle of people and dogs who have become an extension of my family is getting so large; so wonderful, that it's probably always going to feel like this.  There are always going to be people and dogs I care about struggling, being ill, and even dying.  There is beauty and courage in the struggle, regardless of the outcome.  Because of the struggle, steadily around me like a heartbeat, I can learn to appreciate more of what I have and yearn less for that which I don't.

So there is my glass half full lesson for my life, I suppose.  Delivered in a 32 ounce margarita mug on a crisp Colorado winter's night.  Cheers, my friends!

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Melissa : Beers all around on Monday night! :)
Everything is gonna be all right...
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