Moving through the days prior and during the Christimas season can be hectic. Long hours can be spent in preparation for and celebrating the 'big day'. Party invitations, shopping, visitor and family visits, children and their activities. The list goes on. So . . . where does this leave the family dog on the priority list? Is he or she just another task or thing that needs looking after by the end of the day?
This year, as we may have promised ourselves, would be different. When we take a moment and step back, our pet could be getting the short end of the deal at the sacred time of giving. Coming to the end of the calendar year may be a time of accumulative exhaustion where we've tried to balance work, home, kids exercise, social demands, and everything else in between. Rather than feel guilty and beat ourselves up, let's make a genuine effort to move forward, slow down and repay some of that unconditional love we enjoy without reciprocity from our family pet(s). How can that be achieved, or if you want, how do we get rid of the guilt?
Let's face it; we love our dogs, right? They invoke the spiritual realm in us. Their eyes, when we look deeply, melt our soul and we feel bliss and peace so eagerly desired in this crazy mixed-up world. A warm, loving, breathing creature who wholly depends on us and who doesn't ask for much, can feel 'home alone' during this special time of the year.
Hurry up and pee! Hurry up and get into the house! Hurry up! Hurry up! And, hurry up! Breathe! I will venture to say that we've all done it, especially when we need a few consecutive good nights' sleep. Perhaps when we are in the middle of that late night ritual, it's a chance to take a moment; look around and take a few deep breaths of fresh air while we hold the ticking clock at bay. Magically, our thoughts and sight drift to our four-legged family member. Is he or she trying to meet our demand or do they think it's a great time to get exercise or fun that was missed because we were too busy. The sensitive beings they are, reflect back or echo what we project upon them. And somtimes, they resist and say, "No, I'm not ready to go back lonliness and inactivity."
Another outfit, another toy, another new treat won't buy them off. They only want us, the one who might say there's only so much of me to go around. What to do???
It's simple! Just surrender! Say what?
It will be one of the finest gifts ever given and get a reward that is not just for now but for eternity.
Wishing you and yours a warm and cuddly Christmas season and all the Best in 2017. And, from my heart to yours, thank you for an incredible year!
Many warm blessings to you and your pets,
Reana Selody Joubert
Pondering, mulling, musing with pen in hand about animals or people, sometimes family or sometimes wild. Oh, and news & events, too.
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