"In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy." Brother David Steindl-Rast

Monday, July 10, 2017

Bless the Beasts and the Children

Today I am grateful for our dog Oliver and the way he just naturally stretches before we go for a walk.
I appreciate this and other lessons from our four-legged friends.

Bless the beasts and the children. They give me good doses of gratitude.

Yesterday afternoon, Darcy and I had the opportunity to take our grandson Leo to one of our local parks to play. I appreciate that we have so many options right here in town. We put him in the stroller and walked to one a few blocks away. He hadn't been to this one before, so it was new territory to explore.

It was fun to watch him run from one thing to another. It was a blessing to hear his laughter and see the joy on his face from the simple pleasure of play.

Then there is Oliver. He has been with us for nine years now. He often wants to play and sometimes
gets a willing participant. At other times, he is thwarted in his enthusiasm, but we still get a chuckle and some good vibes from watching the little guy.

Bless the beasts and the children. Let us appreciate play time as adults too. One of my play activities this summer is reading some fiction. I mostly read nonfiction and, though insightful and enjoyable, it can also be draining. Some good fiction brings more fun.

Bless the beasts and the children. And follow their lead. Play a little today. 

4 comments:

  1. Hello! do you have a picture of Oliver that you could post? I am new to your blog and need to catch up.

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    1. Thanks for asking Jenny! Here is an earlier post with a picture of Oliver. He just keeps getting cuter if you ask me.

      http://habitualgratitude.blogspot.com/2016/01/oliver-neglected.html

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  2. I read the Oliver post. Oh to have the time to spend w/ dogs as much as they would like.. I would get nothing done if I followed the pull of my dogs eyes! Dogs rule.

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    1. I remind myself that sometimes what I think needs to get done really isn't that important, or can at least wait a little. Thanks Jenny!

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