Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ~ Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
“The conclusion I have reached is that, above all, dogs are witnesses. They are allowed access to our most private moments. They are there when we think we are alone. Think of what they could tell us. They sit on the laps of presidents. They see acts of love and violence, quarrels and feuds, and the secret play of children. If they could tell us everything they have seen, all of the gaps of our lives would stitch themselves together.” ~ Carolyn Parkhurst, The Dogs of Babel
Just last week we added a new pup to our family. Misha, who is now 10 weeks old, 12 pounds of love, and quite full of himself is now a proud member of our household. We have have Newfoundlands for over 30 years. While some have moved over the rainbow, we still have our beautiful Newfi girl, Zoey, and what she believes is her sister, a 218# English Mastiff named Mattie. Now we have Misha, who believes he is the same size. So far we have been careful not to bruise his ego and have been careful that he doesn’t become an appetizer for Mattie. They have shared the usual greetings that one would expect. So we believe that this will work our and the we will not have to perform a Heimlich maneuver to retrieve our new fur-ball.
“The tiniest gesture – a smile, a gentle look, a simple pat on the arm, a soft word – can change a person’s life. Before this very day is out, you are going to have a chance to live in that possibility. Look. Watch. See what this day brings you. And be ready. Someone is waiting for that smile, that look, that gesture from you right now.’ ~ Neale Donald Walsch