Say “La Woof” For Me

Say “La Woof” For Me

Momma and dadz want to move to France when they get older.  Can you blame them really, it’s France.  My parents think about life in terms of living gloriously, living a life full of “being in the moment.”  Imagining all that the world endeavors to fulfill for us, I do offer this thought: when you think “this” and or “that” can make you happy or will complete you, then you might want to rethink your thoughts for the day… like thinking about moving to France. “Someone” can’t make you whole, “it” can’t make you whole, and far from the notorious “that” can make you whole.  Heavens, we can’t even begin to address “that,” “if I only had that…..”  I find that being honest with yourself, being transparent with others, being thoughtful in our approaches, these things will help us on our journey of life. We should try very hard to be aware of all that we think, see, do, and determine what is “real”, throughout our journey of life. This gets back to being in the moment.  You cannot be in the moment when you are concerned with the abstract talk going on in our minds, practice this when you are talking with someone: let go of your desire to influence the outcome, just listen.  Letting go, being in the moment, being free of all the ego… it’s living in the moment.  Thank you for taking up the mission of being free, of being ourselves in the moment.  I feel blessed for having this moment with you.  It is special. Momma thought this over while she was petting me…...
When I See You, I See Love

When I See You, I See Love

When I look at my momma and dadz I see love.  Their love emanates from their eyes and they demonstrate their love for me in the smallest of actions… like when we are out on a long walk and momma gives me water from her water bottle.  They walk me in the mornings and evenings, give me treats, take me here and there, feed me, and dress me in various colorful pajama outfits and tuck me safely in to bed.  But just as important as the things they do for me are the things they feel for me.  Their souls hold me tight in their love, they are always kind, giving, and gentle with me. Love is always patient and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store up grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes.  Reading these words got me thinking about how we treat each other.  On this day of love, Valentines Day,  we should take time to review our behavior, our interactions, to ensure that they, and we, reflect true love.  Are we kind? Are we patient? And, if after our assessment, we find we could improve, as I’m sure we all could, than lets vow to practice the actions that demonstrate love. Simple little things that will make the world we share a better place: hold open the door for someone entering...
I’d Like to Thank the Academy

I’d Like to Thank the Academy

I got Honest Scrap’d from @blindmaximus, @brutusthedane, @dogstoyevsky and @cokiethecat, and all of this Scrap makes me feel, well, pretty darned Scrap-a-Licious!  Whomever receives the Honest Scrap award must reveal 10 things about themselves and then pass the award on to 10 other deserving individuals.  So, here we go: I really have no idea what my given name is, it could be Dog for all I know… I wandered the streets for a while before momma and dadz rescued me.  I love to sit, for hours at a time, in the big bay window of our house and watch people, dogs, kitties, raccoons, squirrels, etc. come and go. I rarely ever bark, matter-of-fact, I really only bark when I’m extremely excited….or when playing with dadz. Snow is the most delicious treat in the world! I eat it any chance I can get. I find frozen carrots to be nearly as tasty as snow. My momma dresses me in warm outfits every day because I am always cold.  I’ve traveled through nearly 75% of the United States, and have visited Canada, Mexico, Italy, Germany and France. My nicknames include Mattiepants, Matilda, MattersonPatterson, Bubby, Nunkie and CrazyToes. I know when momma is boiling spaghetti, and I come running to partake. I hate getting my toenails trimmed and will squeal when the clippers are within 6″ from my toes (CrazyToes to be exact). Well, that’s all the Mattie news for the day, now on to naming the worthy 10 to whom I would like to pass along this award… and they are, in no particular order: @Trailerparkdogs These two doggies make me...
Try It, You’ll Like It!

Try It, You’ll Like It!

This week I have been studying the differences between theoretical and operational commitment.  Be the thing we want the world to be.  Give to others what it is we seek to receive.  Why is it such a challenge for us to become the things that we say we believe in.. peaceful, loving, kind, forgiving, passionate, thoughtful, romantic and even sweet.  It’s easier to talk about these things in theoretical terms, “I wish for peace.” But think about the difference and the impact of this statement when we make it operational, “I will be peaceful.”  “They should be more kind, forgiving, etc.” becomes, “I shall be kind, forgiving, etc.” More powerful yet, “In this moment, where no one else is showing kindness, I choose to be kind to others.”  It is a choice, one we must willfully elect to embrace… often times when being kind, peaceful, forgiving, etc., is not the most natural of reactions that we may gravitate toward. Animals tend to embrace the philosophy of doing unto others as we would want done to us.  Momma says this is one of the gifts I bring in to her life, realizing that she has a choice to embrace and become the things she wishes the world were more of…  By showing and becoming the things we wish others were, we tip the scales and negate the negative influences. Try it, I promise, you’ll like it! Share Some...

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